Constitution Day is a big deal in the city where the document was written - and on the campus that signer Ben Franklin founded. This year, Penn chose gerrymandering as the day's focus and asked Draw the Lines PA to lead the program.
Boundaries matter. The lines that define the places where people live can have profound effects on their lives. And the algorithms experts use to turn data into maps can be deeply affected by the biases those experts bring to the work.
Dr. Ken Stief of the University of Pennsylvania discussed these issues with Chris Satullo, Draw the Lines PA project director during this event, attended by Penn students and faculty. Stief is founder of Urban Spatial and Director of the Master of Urban Spatial Analytics at the University Pennsylvania.
Then attendees were briefed on Draw the Lines' mapping competitions and got a chance to test drive the free, online mapping tool, DistrictBuilder.