The Washington Post has an interesting story up today about DC’s ShotSpotter technology. The interactive map is a fine example of data visualizations that can be created with open source software.
The Milwaukee Police Department uses ShotSpotter as well. I would love to see a similar treatment by the Journal Sentinel.
I facilitated a meeting at the newly renovated Water Council building last week. From within the building, one can admire original cream city brick and old-growth timbers that were retained through the remodeling. Looking out to the West, the active redevelopment of Reed Street Yards awaits. A fine example of Milwaukee’s urban revitalization.
Plus, the building has a data room. Swoon.
It is a mistake for policy makers and researchers to focus their attention on transit as the only important alternative mode to the automobile. Bicycle use and … the marriage between bicycle and transit, should be emphasized much more.
Milwaukee Belt Chart
[left] milt pivar, owner of goldmann’s department store, 1988-2007
[right] belts of various sizes, the largest size 80
If one could go back in time and fix Mr. Pivar’s x-axis, this would be an excellent belt chart.
GPS patterns of a cropdusting airplane
Eric Fischer introducing a new MapBox feature:
But just as interesting in their own way are GPS traces that don’t follow roads, like these ones from a cropdusting airplane circling over fields:
Government should be as participatory and as interactive with its citizens as our political process is. A digital candidate will never be able to become a digital president if he can’t bring the innovation that helped him win election into the Oval Office to help him govern.
A friend’s advice on data topics to blog about:
3. jobs (already doing, but redo, do better, integrate live)
5. tech startups/vc money in wisc
6. badgers (something with ranking data maybe)
7. some milwaukee/chicago rivalry type thing
8. public transport (maps!, bikes, bus routes, whatever)
Native American Effigy Mounds in Riverwest
That’s right, where the Pick ‘n Save grocery store now stands at Humboldt and North, there used to be a panther effigy mound.
These and other mounds in the Milwaukee area were documented by Increase Lapham in the 1800s and recently mapped by a neighbor of mine.
(Effigy map and source material here. Further reading: Wisconsin Historical Society essay on effigy mounds culture.)
Raising the Data Viz Bar in Milwaukee
The Planning Council has its hands around Tableau Public and is starting to put it to good use. A sign that Milwaukee will be seeing more and better data visualization about matters close to home.
This graphic would be much better with a different color ramp. Having reddish colors at each extreme is confusing. Plus, heavy reliance on red/green is a severe obstacle for the color blind.
We’re swimming in data, but often starving for understanding.
You asked for it. [But] we [haven’t quite yet] made it happen.
It has been a long-standing request by users and data geeks for the Milwaukee County Transit System to make real-time bus data available. And (I think) MCTS has been promising to do this for a couple of years.
So, I was excited to find this banner ad running on one of my go-to blog sites yesterday. Finally, the data is available!
But, hold on … clicking through to the MCTS website reveals that the real-time data “completion date expected in early 2014. “ If this isn’t live, why is MCTS launching a media campaign about it?
Well, it might have something to do with the fact that its long-standing contract with Milwaukee County is in play.
We need to make data sing … and stick!
— on using data to effectively advocate: Dr. Magda Peck, UWM School for Public Health, at a recent data viz gathering