Saturday, August 27, 2005

Google Maps Crime Map: Ypsilanti, Michigan

Brian Robb has created a great little mashup that displays crime data from the city of Ypsilanti, Michigan (USA) on a Google Map interface. This mashup is a good example of how Google Maps mashups don't require a lot of coding and technical knowledge in their creation. Brian, a self-professed "non-programmer" takes crime information in Word format and then runs a manual latitude/longitude lookup to get the coordinates, which is overlaid onto a Google Map. He then lists the maps by week. (I could see small weekly community newspapers performing such a function to display the past week's police calls for their website visitors).

Brian was inspired to create this crime mapping site after seeing and using the trailblazing but notes "We are only 22,000 residents and there's not as much crime as a city of seven million."
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