Maptivism: Maps for activism, transparency and engagement : crisscrossed blog

"It is estimated as much as 80% of data contains geo-referenced information. So, a lot of information can be displayed through maps. Digital maps allow easy ways to present large amounts of data and reduce complexity." Nice introduction to some mapping concepts, with examples: [link]

MyNeighbourhood — crime mapping and a survey

Launched today in the West Midlands, is a official version of those map mash-ups of crime statistics that have been produced for some time now. The interface isn’t the most intuitive (in fact I’d call it downright unfriendly), and the mapping window is tiny:

MyNeighbourhood - Spotlight Map
Uploaded with plasq‘s Skitch!

It’s also difficult to see the use of the site as it stands is. Interesting the data might be, but in its flat form it doesn’t “do” much.

Freeing the data to my compared and overlaid with other types of information (more than the “bus stops and police stations” that can be toggled here) would produce so much more — imagine house prices, cctv density, education standards, regenerations spends and other info combined. What truths would we be able to see?

Nice start, many more possibilites.