Azavea, a nationally-prominent geospatial analysis (GIS) firm, has selected students from The University of Pennsylvania, Clark University, and Colgate University to each receive a $5,000 stipend to perform pro bono geospatial analysis work for non-profits over the summer.  The students were selected out of a pool of 125 student applications that came from all over the country. The program is sponsored by Azavea with additional financial support from Esri and The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.
As part of this program, Tim St. Onge, a Masters of Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment student at Clark University, will be working with DataHaven to analyze neighborhood indicators in the Greater New Haven and Valley Region.  Since 1992, DataHaven has focused on collecting and analyzing a large amount of information about Connecticut, and making it more useful to its community and government partners. DataHaven is a formal affiliate of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), a group of approximately 40 local partners who seek to build local-level community information systems for use in policy-making and community development. DataHaven is also the "data steward" for the Connecticut Data Collaborative, a statewide public-private partnership formed to promote improved access to and use of state agency data.
DataHaven was chosen as a Summer of Maps fellowship site based on a competitive application process. Additional fellowship sites this year include the Community Design Collaborative and The Consortium for Building Energy Innovation in Philadelphia, GirlStart in Austin, TreePeople in Los Angeles, and City Harvest in New York City.
The Summer of Maps program provides free geospatial analysis to non-profits, while providing real professional experience to GIS students.  The program focuses on implementing geospatial data analysis projects that will have civic and social impact, including creating high-quality maps that can be used to support new initiatives or make a case to prospective funders.  More information is available at