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Parallactic Consulting :: Data & Web Development

Fly Over the City is a bike messenger service in downtown Boston and New York offering a variety of car and bike messenger services. They process hundreds of deliveries daily, often with minutes-long turnaround times or special requirements. They need a fast database with a simple user interface and custom functions for their most frequent tasks in order to keep their couriers moving fast. Our back-end system, developed in Ruby on Rails, makes entry and retrieval of the hundreds of jobs FOTC delivers daily simple. We created one integrated database with custom Rails programming that gives Fly Over the City a one-stop online portal for all the data their business needs to see and use. Dispatchers view an easy-to-read dispatch board with key information like package destination, special instructions, and time due. Messengers can review jobs from their smartphones, mark the jobs completed, and add notes or pictures about the delivery. Clients have a convenient online portal where they can order deliveries and view delivery records online. Administrators access one unified page to manage jobs in the system and also edit the text or photo gallery for their client-facing webpage. The system can also automatically generate invoices and divvy up funds between messengers and administrators.
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Phuse

Alchemy Learning Project creates teacher tools for the digital age. We’re proud to have worked with Alchemy on branding, design and development for their website as well as the SmartBinder application, which allows teachers to create engaging lesson plans and share them with students. http://www.alchemylearning.com
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Steamclock Software

Emily Carr University's The Show 2013 app and site needed to streamline the submission process, make curation easy, and deliver content in beautiful layouts accessible through desktops, tablets, and phones. Steamclock designed and developed the native iPad app, the responsive web apps for browsing and curating content, and the APIs that tie it all together. Using Node.js, HTML5, and Objective-C, we created a great experience across various devices.
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Diana Lopez

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Parallactic Consulting :: Data & Web Development

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum was launching an ambitious project to catalog all telescopes made before 1775 that still exist in museums and private collections around the world. They had photos, scientific images, optical data, and historical and provenance information they needed to store in a coherent way for internal use, and also to make it accessible to the larger research community. First we developed a custom database-driven website to help the Adler organize their data internally. Digital images and other files are easily attached to entries, technical data is imported from spreadsheets, and each entry is tracked from initial draft to final approval by a senior researcher. Then we built a public site for use by researchers around the world, allowing them to easily collaborate and build on the existing research. Instead of a mess of spreadsheets with data, portable hard drives with pictures, and a pile of Word documents with historical research, the Adler has one centralized repository (http://dioptrice.com) that is easily accessible from anywhere in the world. Adler staff in the field can make quick updates, and researchers at other institutions can benefit from immediate access.
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Parallactic Consulting :: Data & Web Development

A team of social science researchers at the University of Chicago were starting an ambitious project - the Chicago Archive of Indigenous Languages and Literatures - to preserve and catalog hundreds of pieces of fiction written in endangered indigenous languages. But without a technological framework, their information was disorganized, and they had no way to share the fruits of their research with others. We built a comprehensive, web-based locus for collecting catalog data and scanned copies of the works. Different access levels for researchers, academic users, and the general public ensure that copyrighted or sensitive works can be kept private, and the entire effort is coordinated in tandem with an academic library which holds physical copies of many of the works. Members of the research team can access and update the data from anywhere, whether they are acquiring new material in Latin America or in their office in the States. Digital scans of the works ensure broad access to users in any country, while helping safeguard the paper originals. CAILLA both preserves these ephemeral works for the future and allows more people to find and use these books and magazines in the here and now.
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Weberous Web Design

Interactive directory of stunt actors and actresses - full details at http://www.weberous.com/portfolio/stunt-players/
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Diana Lopez

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Phuse

Alchemy Learning Project creates teacher tools for the digital age. We’re proud to have worked with Alchemy on branding, design and development for their SmartBinder application, which allows teachers to create engaging lesson plans and share them with students on the web. http://www.alchemylearning.com
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Parallactic Consulting :: Data & Web Development

BallotReady is a website providing easy-to-digest information on candidates and referenda listed on local ballots. Parallactic worked with BallotReady in the spring of 2015 to create a prototype for the web application, which checks a user's address and uses a variety of metrics to find all districts in which they're eligible to vote. The application then queries BallotReady's custom database to provide the voter with information about each candidate on their upcoming ballot. Using their Parallactic-built prototype as part of their demonstration, BallotReady won first place (and $30,000 of venture capital) in the University of Chicago's 2015 John Edwardson Social New Venture Challenge.
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Diana Lopez