The nonprofit, volunteer-run Texas Justice Initiative (TJI) provides the public with data about aspects of the Texas criminal justice system. Through TJI’s interactive data portal, journalists, researchers, policymakers, advocates and the general public can query, visualize, and download public information that is otherwise difficult to access and understand. This user-friendly interface was developed by volunteer data scientists and developers using open-source technologies to facilitate replication by similar organizations in other states.
To further their objective of providing intuitive search functionality and meaningful visualizations, TJI contacted GISCorps to request a local volunteer skilled in free and open-source web GIS technology to develop tools for geocoding incoming data and adding interactive mapping and search functionality to the data portal. GISCorps issued a recruitment and identified Jonathan Pascoe, a talented Texas-based volunteer with extensive education and experience in both open-source web development and the fundamentals of geospatial science. Jonathan is now in communication with TJI representatives and will soon begin designing and developing a custom web GIS solution.
Recruitment complete, project in progress.