ESRI has published a how-to guide on building web maps showing Sheriff Crime data with ArcGIS Online: read the post here
The reason this post hit me was not so much for the fact that it uses LA County data, which is great, or the fact that our Sheriff department shares this data (which is even better – kudos to Wendy Harn!!!) – but that it shows the value of making our data open, updated, and easy to find! This increases access to developers, who can make the data more visible to citizens, improving their understanding about what goes on around them, and potentially improving their lives.
What sparked this “epiphany” was this little banner on the top:
As of April 30th (8 days after the post):
Well – 372 folks doesn’t seem like much, until you realize that means that this has been shared with ALL of their friends and followers – so we may be talking about thousands of other people. Each one of them can backtrack to both the ESRI post, as well as the LA County GIS Data Portal. So they may end up using the instructions to create their own maps and applications, learning both about GIS, crime, and analysis, but maybe finding other data that they have interest in, and can work with.
Maybe one of them will build an application like crimemapping.com that does some neat analysis (supported by the Sheriff and other police departments), combined with other data that we have, to do some neat work.
Congratulations to Nancy Milholland on her application: San Francisco Public Art
Nancy is a student at USC, and this application has made it into the top 5 of the Robert Raskin Mapping Mashup Competition
Members of the LA Regional GIS Forum are getting together to begin building something like this across the jurisdictions in the County. I am looking forward to the results!
This is pretty cool – I thought I would share this visualization of Block-group level electricity usage in LA DWP territory.
Unfortunately is it only DWP territory, but it is a great start. I would love to add this the LA County Solar Map
Thanks to Michael Carson of Burbank and SocalGIS.org (I highly recommend signing up) for this great article about using LIDAR to spot code violations:
The article mentions pilot projects in Los Angeles – I wonder what they might be …
Women In India Use Smartphones To Map Perverts In Real Time
It has been a long time, but the work that was done for the LA County solar map provided the quantitative underpinning and justification for LADWP’s feed-in-tariff. UCLA used our solar database to analyze the impacts and benefits of a feed-in-tariff property by property, which helped provide support for the LA Business Roundtable to support it.
Making our data available for use outside of the County has provided this massive benefit and shows how data freedom can support major policy changes that impact life in LA.
To see the site, go to http://solarmap.lacounty.gov
To learn about getting access to the data directly, see: http://solarmap.lacounty.gov/v2/ForInstallers.htm
Press release below:
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Weekend Events Announce Details of LADWP’s New Solar Feed-in Tariff Program
LOS ANGELES, January 18, 2013 — Los Angeles-based Open Neighborhoods has announced two public events this Sunday, January 20th, to present information about an ambitious new Los Angeles DWP solar purchase program for commercial rooftops and parking lots. The events will include opportunities for the public to learn about utility rebates, neighborhood programs, financing options and other incentives for rooftop solar installations.
FOR MORE INFORMATION or to RSVP to either event please contact Open Neighborhoods at 310-439-9746 or via email to email@example.com.
About Open Neighborhoods
A portfolio company of the LA Cleantech Incubator, Open Neighborhoods is a Certified B Corporation recognized for high standards of social and environmental performance. The company serves as program administrator for GoSolar.LA, a regional initiative to streamline and accelerate solar deployment in greater Los Angeles. Open Neighborhoods was founded in 2008 to provide neighborhood-scale clean energy solutions. More information at openneighborhoods.net.
The County Department of Public Social Services has developed a number of embedded maps that provide information about the location of the many program sites and offices that they offer, including Toy Loan programs and major service locations.
Here is a list of sites to check out:
Contact Richard Ledesma: Click to email for more information
Great job guys!!
“The software creates a “heat map” that was found to be more accurate than seasoned police veterans at predicting where crimes would happen next …”
Link to article in Government Technology – http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Los-Angeles-Police-Getting-Results-from-Crime-Predicting-Software.html
Link to MIT Technology Review article - http://www.technologyreview.com/news/428354/la-cops-embrace-crime-predicting-algorithm/
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