We released some new features to MyDistrictBuilder this week. Here’s a tally of what’s new:
- Building by Places (Cities) – So you want to build districts entire cities at a time? Now you can! Previously you could build by County, VTD or Blocks. You will see the Places was added to the drop-down menu. Quick suggestion – it is sometimes easier to see Places (city boundary lines) if you change the Bing Maps view from Aerial to Road.
- Data Grid – You can sort the Data Grid now by column.
- KMZ files – You can now Save and Open plans in KMZ format. KMZ is a file format that in the long-run will allow people to view your redistricting plans in multiple types of applications, and it also brings summary-level data along with the file.
- Note, when you click on Open System File, you now have a choice of opening Florida’s existing Congress, House and Senate maps in either KMZ or DOJ.
- KMZ is also a faster option for opening a file.
- When you go to Open your saved redistricting plans, you will notice that you have a drop-down choice of either KMZ or DOJ.
- Submit – Yes, there is a Submit button now under the File tab. No, it doesn’t work yet. If you are ready to Submit a full or partial redistricting plan, we are ready to accept. Click Submit, and give us a call at the number that appears. The button will be fully operational soon.
- Preferences – There’s now a Preferences tab. At present there is only one feature there, a District button that allows you to set the ideal population for districts. This is especially useful is you are going to use MyDistrictBuilder for building local government district boundary lines. More features to come.
- Save and Lock – When you Save in the future, if you saved with the Lock on for one or more districts, the Lock is saved.
As always, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.
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The Redistricting Committee met today to drill down further into Florida’s redistricting process. The Committee first heard remarks regarding:
- The jurisdiction of the Committee and the subcommittees, and the responsibilities of Committee members;
- Opportunities for public input and participation in the redistricting process; and
- House rules and procedures for redistricting.
Additionally, the Committee heard testimony from the House’s special counsel for reapportionment, regarding Florida’s state constitutional provisions on redistricting. Specifically, counsel helped the Committee members examine the recently approved Amendments 5 and 6 (Article III, Sections 21 and 20 of the Florida Constitution).
The Committee also got a tour of the beta version of the MyDistrictBuilder application. Throughout the week, each of the redistricting subcommittees will also hear the same presentations in their respective meetings. Read the rest of this entry »
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The ability to Save plans in MyDistrictBuilder has been activated. Currently, you can only Save in DOJ (Department of Justice) format. The Open function is also active. When Saving and Opening, the file extension will appear as “.doj”. It is recommended that you Save your work regularly.
With the 2010 Census data already available in MyDistrictBuilder, and samples of the American Community Survey data available, users can certainly begin building redistricting plans now.
DOJ format is what the Legislature will use to submit plans for the State House, State Senate and congressional districts to the U.S. Department of Justice. This format is generally the most common language between redistricting applications.
In addition to Save and Open, there are some changes to the data grid at the bottom of MyDistrictBuilder. Read the rest of this entry »
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