Grim Visualizations : Crime Mashups 2.0

We all remember the Chicago Crime Map which took Chicago police reports and overlayed it on top of Google Maps. For many, this was their first exposure into the world of mashups and to a large extent opened everyone’s eyes to the benefits of opening up your data. That was 2005. Now the UED crowd has taken a shot at the concept and are starting to publish their own versions:

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Oakland Crimespotting by Stamen Design

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LA Times’ Homicide Map (anyone know who built this?)

Portable Social Networks

Very happy to hear that Brad Fitzpatrick and David Recordon will be at BarCampBlock this weekend to talk about their ideas around portable social networks. I’ve done a fair bit of thinking about this problem as well but could do with a dose of feedback to solidify my thinking. I have a good feeling there are going to be some exciting breakthroughs this weekend