Time Magazine online is reporting about New York’s Rat Map online. The project is a tad over a year old. The project features a nice participartory GIS component as residents (and presumablly visitors as well) can report rat infestation issues. Definately one of the most intersting mashups I’ve seen! And a tad icky too
Ars Technica has a pretty nice summary article on a few crime mapping and mashup sites around the web. We’ve reported one or two of these in the past, but there are a few I hadn’t heard about. It’s interesting to see Toronto releasing all if its homicide information on the web for all to see. It isn’t real accessible for sucking up into a subsequent mashup, but it would be interesting to see someone do the translation. London did a better job this summer by going ahead and linking crime data to the map. This type of stuff is full of potential for participatory GIS type work and more responsive government. If anyone know of any others like this (crime or otherwise), please make note in the comments, as its a particular interest of mine!
Intuit is announcing a new geo-demographic feature at the Adobe Max Conference. It’s to be built on Flash (grrr), but it will allow even the most basic Quickbooks user to tap into geodeomgraphic information and their sales information. The app is a sort of mashup, as the Quickbooks data lies on the user’s machine, but the base and demographic data lives on Intuit’s servers. This is pretty exciting, as it takes a fairly high end analytical tool and puts it in the hands of even the most novice of users.
This past weekend we released an episode that was a bit disjointed. When we recorded it I thought I was going to toss it out and record a new episode, because there were so many directions. After listening to it though I realized that it is what the neogeo landscape is like in an academic department, everyone is taking a little piece of, or ignoring, neogeo and focusing on their interpretation of that piece that impacts them.
In the past we have talked about neogeography topics, but we had a fairly organized plan of attack. This time I surprised everyone with the fact that we were recording We found our way through the discussion in due course but not without different perspectives. The bit that I found most compelling was Frank’s focus on the issues of neogeo data and how he went straight toward those topics that traditional geographers focus on…how to validate and vet user generated content. The confusion and disjointedness of the episode reflects that there are clearly different perspectives on the topic. Let us know what you think about how those in the traditional geospatial professions, government, and academia are considering the data, tools, and approaches that have come to light in the last few years.
We declare that it is the right of all peoples to acquire and consume as much sugar as is humanly possible in any form imaginable. As the veil begins to thin and we honor our ancestors as is the tradition on October 31 and November 1, it is imperative that spirits are high. In order to ensure maximum intake of the appropriate confectionery delights (aka all of them) I would propose a candy map. The map’s purpose would be to share knowledge of availability, location, and type of candy that is available. With the change of trick-or-treating from an all out assault on sweets to a careful maneuvering of connections and relations that ends in an ever decreasing amount of candy corn and marzipan fruits, the counter intuitive reversal of acquisition of all that is candied needs to be opposed and fought.
I propose that we band together to increase the potential of candy acquisition in 2009 through the use of geographic information and social networking (it’s a little late to start this year). I suggest that next year we combine the strengths of webmapping/mobile mapping and GeoRSS in order to create a realtime map of when different locals celebrate and locations with the best candy and possibly provide a way to vet locations to help parents find places they feel safe taking their children. Yeah, that is it. Maybe not ‘manifesto’ worthy, but I wanted to toss it out there. I will mention that candymap.org is available if anyone wants to get this started
Schmap continues to do things right. I have been interested in their Guides and excited about the iPhone implementation of the Guides (still love the rotate to map UI). Their latest open beta, Schmap.me, flips their regular model of helping you find places to bringing a way to help others find you, or at least your address. While the concept of creating a webmap to share your location isn’t new, but it is a great implementation. You can choose your own path (mine is Schmap.me/jesse.rouse for instance) that will link to your map. The map is Schmap’s standard Google Map base and it has a simple interface. The simple interface would be a great place for Schmap to expand to allow users to add different types of information (which you already can with a little html in the notes field). Overall, Schmap continues to approach location/map user interfaces in simple and effective ways.
Our reader Ed always sends me links to cool sites, and walkscore is no exception. It’s a Google Maps mashup site that calculates the walkability (using a 0-100 scoring system) of a neighborhood, based on how many services are available within a walkable distance. Walkscore does not factor in the aesthetic appeal of a neighborhood, just how easy it would be to maintain a car-free lifestyle. Currently, the site claims to have over 40 US cities (in fact, I was able to get a walkscore for here in Morgantown, so it’s probably pretty broad coverage. Ed pointed out that it would be a great tool for checking out conference venues to see what’s around, and I think that’s a great idea. In fact, I’m already checking out downtown Chicago for a conference in November.
Here’s a great example for the San Diego Convention Center
Google has posted a nice 3-minute video giving you an inside look at Google Map Maker, the company’s new tool that allows users to contribute and edit map data for certain countries.
Based on Google Maps, the Metropolitan Police’s new Crime Mapping Test Site is now up and running in beta and, while the functionality is just pretty basic display of crime stats for neighborhood levels, the interface is nice and easy to use. Each neighborhood polygon has an info window with summary stats on crime levels and tabs for comparison with the whole metropolitan area, and even yearly trends. There’s no functionality right now for locating individual crimes, but the plans seems to be to add functionality over time, and there are links to other related websites.
Via Gear Live