Police No Help for Crime Map Project
February 22nd, 2008
When you type an address or zip code into Everyblock, the website presents you with a variety of localized information. You can find up-to-date news items, restaurant reviews or even CraigsList postings all laid out on a map. You can even subscribe, so updates for an area of interest get sent to you.
They also offer a selection of localized government data, such as building violations and restaurant inspections. But this information comes from publicly accessible databases. And as the folks at Everyblock seek to expand the available information on their site, they’ve begun reaching out to the city and other governments to provide more information than they can scrape from the Web. But the site’s founder, Adrian Holovaty, told the Fimoculous blog, “We’ve run into many roadblocks there, from the political to the technical.”
Currently, they are focusing on getting crime data for New York City. Everyblock is the direct decedent of Chicagocrime.org, so it may be no surprise that they start here. They haven’t been having luck getting that data from the NYPD, however. “I have attempted to get incident level crime data from the Police Department, but was denied,” says Daniel O’Neil, Everyblock’s resident People Person.
No comment was available from the police by the time this post went up.
“We commend the Chicago police for doing that,” says O’Neil, “We think it should be the standard”
Everyblock’s next step is a Freedom of Information Law request.By Mike Muller on February 22, 2008, 5:00 pm
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