Data Visualization NYC Crime Map

Published on December 13th, 2013 | by Travis Korte

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NYC Crime Map Draws Criticism From Technologists, Bicycle Advocates

The New York Police Department (NYPD) released an interactive crime map last weekend, in which users can view the locations and counts of seven major felony crimes. The NYPD noted that this was its first public crime mapping effort, and expressed the hope that it would improve public access to the critical information. The data, which is updated monthly, does not include granular data such as dates and times, nor does it include specific details on the offenses.

Some, including Bronx Councilman Fernando Cabrera and The Village Voice newspaper, have criticized the map for its lack of such features, as well as its lack of information on reckless driving and vehicular homicides, a major concern for the city’s growing community of bicycle advocates.. In a comment on an article covering the map, the founder of crime mapping startup SpotCrime also complained that the data was not available in an open format and did not include incident numbers.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.



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