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
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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.

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