Mapping Atlanta’s Crime Activity


David Kobia decided to attempt to Map Atlanta’s Crime using freely available data from the Atlanta Police Department. This was an effort to test the capabilities of their most recent release (Mogadishu), which include:

  • KML/KMZ Overlays
  • Statistics
  • Theming and more

This installation would also be a true test of how much data the Ushahidi platform could really handle. The Atlanta metro area had about 30,000 crimes reported in 2009 alone, and the question was if we could visualize this data using our platform in a useful way. Here are some of the lessons I took away from this particular project.


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