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Oakland Crimespotting

An interactive map of crimes in Oakland and a tool for understanding crime in cities.

If you hear sirens in your neighborhood, you should know why. Crimespotting makes this possible with interactive maps, e-mail updates, and RSS feeds of crimes in areas that you care about.

Instead of simply knowing where a crime took place, we would like to investigate questions like: Is there more crime this week than last week? More this month than last? Do robberies tend to happen close to murders? We’re interested in everything from complex questions of patterns and trends, to the most local of concerns on a block-by-block basis.

We believe that civic data should be exposed to the public in a more open way. With these maps, 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, and any other information that matters to people who live in neighborhoods.

This project is a work in progress; a way of discovering what kinds of questions we can ask. We hope that it will open up a space for even more questions, and provide some answers. We invite the public to use this data to become better informed about what’s happening in their communities and to draw new conclusions of their own.

Project details

Year of development :2008
Created by:Stamen Design
With:Michal Migurski, Tom Carden, Eric Rodenbeck

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