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May 15, 2014

The trouble with viral maps

Bad Latitude - The trouble with viral maps. Plus: Some fun viral maps!

from the site:

If you have an Internet connection, you've likely seen one of these maps of America, in which each state's character is boiled down to a single predilection or predicament. The maps are undeniably entertaining: You check out the state you live in, the state your cousin lives in, the state you dislike for whatever reason, and then send it to a friend so she can do the same. Thanks to their shareability, the maps have quickly become a fixture of Facebook, Twitter, and websites (Slate among them) eager to profit from our fascination with federalism.

May 6, 2014

Minneapolis Crime Mapping

Minneapolis Web-Based Crime Map

From the press release:

Crime analysis and mapping data is now in the hands of the city's citizens. The Minneapolis Police Department has launched a new web-based crime mapping tool called RAIDSONLINE (Regional Analysis and Information Sharing). The product was developed by Bair Analytics.

The new system has been made available to the City of Minneapolis at no cost. It is being used by cities across the country, including several communities locally.

The crime statistics and reports section is the most visited area on MPD's website. The public has a strong desire to know what crimes and incidents are taking place in their communities and on their individual blocks.

The new tool offers increased transparency and public access to crime maps and information. Previously, the MPD placed static crime maps on its website and updated them weekly. With RAIDS, that information is updated daily, and the system stores crime data for the past 3 years. Citizens now have the ability to customize maps in a variety of ways. Data can be mapped by address, crime type or by date range.

"We are hoping the public will use this system to its fullest extent. It provides increased transparency and access to time and accurate police incident data. RAIDSONLINE will give the public a better picture of what's going on in their neighborhoods. This awareness will help the MPD solve and reduce overall crime," Minneapolis Police Chief Janee' Harteau said.

Cities Mapped by Running Routes

Cities, Mapped by Where Their People Go Running

From the site:

Inspired by a 2011 project that mapped popular running routes in a few European cities, Nathan Yau at FlowingData has done the same for 22 major cities, including 18 in the U.S.

To make these maps, Lau simply grabbed public data from the exercise-tracking app RunKeeper. While these visualizations are not representative of all runners in a city, they do offer useful information on urban spaces. For one, we see that people really do love running near water and in parks.