Adrian Holovaty’s got a neat new local project: chicagocrime.org
He writes: “The site is a freely browsable database of crimes reported in Chicago. My scripts collect data from the Chicago Police Department once every weekday. The site slices and dices crime information in a ton of different ways, complete with a wide assortment of Google Maps.
I did all the development, data munging, etc. My talented friend and coworker Wilson Miner did the slick design. The site is powered by the Python programming language.
Some of my favorite features:
- The map view lets you view crimes by a number of criteria, all updated dynamically on a Google Map via Ajax.
- Find your district uses the Google Maps interface to guess which police beat you’re centered on.
- Every city block in Chicago has a detail page with its latest crimes and links to crimes within 1, 2, 3, 5 or 8 blocks. ( Example.)
- It’s got RSS feeds for every block and police beat in the city.”
Neat, or what?