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an online street map displaying the exact location of recent crimes in Oakland, including murder, robbery, burglary, vandalism, or alcohol. the map allows users to explore the crime data by location, weekly/monthly frequency or type.

"we hope to inspire local governments to use this data visualization model for the public release of many different kinds of data: tree plantings, new schools, applications for liquor licenses, & any other information that matters to people who live in neighborhoods."

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Interesting that they don't include sex crimes.

Also, I like Portland's CrimeMapper much better:

You can explore the entire area, or plug in a specific address. I also plots sex offender information.

Wed 22 Aug 2007 at 5:14 AM

krees, thnkx for the constructive critique. would Oakland's version be more aesthetic in experience?

Wed 22 Aug 2007 at 1:21 PM

krees - thanks for the feedback (I made the map on Oakland Crimespotting).

I like the Portland maps too. I wish the official Oakland maps (Oakland CrimeWatch, where we get our data) were nearly as comprehensive and well explained.

This view in particular is solid and thorough: link.

That said, our aim with Crimespotting was to make a map-first, time-second view of the crime data available on CrimeWatch, and also to offer local crime alerts that actually work. Given a richer data set, or more time, or a paying client (it's a side-project) we'd have a very different result, but we're definitely happy with where it ended up.

Thu 23 Aug 2007 at 7:19 PM

I'm sure it was a lot of work for a side project, but I actually find this map frustrating. I don't like information graphics where I have to continue to refer to the key... it stands in the way of actually seeing the information. Better use of color and dot size, as well as the removal of the initials (too much), could have improved this map, making it more intuitive and obvious.

Though it tracks homicides only and isn't as "pretty," I'm actually impressed with the LA Times Homicide Map for the level of filtering available:

Thu 23 Aug 2007 at 8:39 PM
genevieve has online map service and location finder in San Francisco showing street-level (street side) pictures of every city street and can search for businesses and actually see the front of the business.

Wed 29 Aug 2007 at 5:13 PM
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