Data Mapping Fellowships Available

Applications are open for a three-month fellowship program that can provide nonprofits with GIS students to implement geospatial data analysis and visual projects this summer.

Azavea in Philadelphia, Pa., has offered its Summer of Maps for five years. The certified B-corporation provides “civic geospatial software and data analytics” for the web. Summer of Maps is a three-month fellowship giving student GIS analysts the opportunity to perform geospatial data analysis for local and national nonprofits with mentors.

Geospatial data analysis and visualization can mean different things to different nonprofits. For arts and culture organizations, it could mean analyzing geographic location of ticket sales and donations to identify existing clusters and untapped markets. For nonprofits in the realm of public safety, it could be analyzing the impact of neighborhood indicators or other factors on crime risk. For environmental nonprofits might analyze the urban tree canopy and existing development to make a recommendation for future preservation.

Summer of Maps fellows last year worked with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, The Food Trust, American Red Cross, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Transportation Alternatives, and Ecotrust.

Fellows are provided a $5,000 stipend and one-on-one mentoring by staff during the 12-week fellowship while nonprofits receive sophisticated analysis and visualization of their data. Each fellow works with two nonprofits as part of the Summer of Maps team in Azavea’s Philadelphia office.

Applications for nonprofits are due Feb. 5. Student fellows and organizations will be announced in April and fellowships begin in June.

Organizations are limited to two project submissions but they should be separate applications. Azavea will review the projects and shortlist about 12 to 18 before making them available to students.

Parts of the proposal will be made public so no proprietary or confidential information should be submitted. Students select projects they are interested in working on from the list of finalists.

For more information, call 215-925-2600, or email summerofmaps@azavea.com