This past July, Rose Institute student manager Dave Meyer presented a lightning talk to the Esri International User Conference in San Diego on the Rose Institute’s California redistricting draft plans viewer. Esri, the maker of the Geographic Information Systems software suite ArcGIS, puts on the conference for the wider GIS community. It is the largest GIS gathering in the world, drawing 16,000 users, vendors, and educators to discuss achievements, best practices, and learn new skills.
Mr. Meyer’s “lightning talk” was a brief 5 minute presentation on the Institute’s online application for viewing and analyzing draft redistricting plans for the state of California. He discussed how Esri’s ArcGIS Viewer for Flex platform allowed the Rose Institute to quickly and easily build a useful and powerful application. The app allows users to access dozens of redistricting plans in just a couple clicks. To date, over 2,000 people have accessed the application. The Rose has maintained the application since the Citizens Redistricting Commission approved its plans, allowing interested parties to look through the entire archive of considered plans. Over 500 conference attendees came away with a basic primer in redistricting and a knowledge of how the Rose Institute used GIS to promote citizen engagement and transparency in the process.
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