Reports & White Papers

In addition to our blogs, we've written up some of our past social impact research and the reports are here.

Redrawing the Map on Redistricting White Papers

After the latest round of Congressional redistricting, Azavea set out to measure districts compactness again and assess how the results from this latest round of redistricting has affected the geometry and geography of legislative districts in the United States.

Citizen Science Data Factory Project

Azavea worked with partner, SciStarter, to investigate the latest developments in software, hardware and data processing capability as it applies to citizen science.

Gerrymandering Index White Paper

This white paper ranks the ten most gerrymandered local and federal districts in the United States in 2006

Data Management for Urban Tree Monitoring

This report explores how technology could be used to support the long-term systematic monitoring of urban trees, assist with tree planting and maintenance data processes, and enable data to be organized and shared.

Open Source

We believe that communities of knowledge, culture and innovation are more vital and energetic when outcomes are shared, enabling others to more effectively build on past work. As active members of a global software community, we think it is useful and important to share some of our knowledge and expertise by making contributions to open source and other community-based software efforts.

Check our GitHub for a list of tools and libraries, as well as our work on the GeoTrellis, OpenTreeMap, OpenDataPhilly, and DistrictBuilder projects. Many of our colleagues are active contributors to other open source projects too.

10% Time

Azavea has an active research and development program through which the firm invests substantial resources toward the development of new solutions, techniques and learning opportunities for our colleagues.

Each colleague is encouraged to develop a personal professional development or research plan that will both engage their interests and extend their knowledge as well as the capabilities of the organization. Professional development activities can include online courses, attending conferences or a research project. Past research projects have included:  contributing to geospatial open source projects, an effort to apply genetic algorithms to generate transit routes; user experience design experiments with Google Glass; application of the OpenCV computer vision framework to recognizing trees in Google Street View; better PostGIS import tools; Emacs integration with Django; and an exploration of machine learning algorithms for space-time risk forecasting.

While not all of these research projects result in measurable commercial success, they are an important part of a culture at Azavea that encourages and takes pride in innovative applications of geospatial technology, and many of long-term positive consequences. For example, our open source work began as a colleague’s 10% time.