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    Aug 19, 2009

    San Francisco Crimespotting is live

    Today we're proud to announce San Francisco Crimespotting, an interactive map of crime in the city that Stamen calls home.

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    We've timed today's release to coincide with the public launch of DataSF, San Francisco's new clearinghouse for city government data. Crime incident data used in SF Crimespotting comes directly from the city this time, and we're thankful to their team for making this data source one of the first ones available at launch.

    We've made some improvements to the UI in the process of adapting the map to San Francisco's geography, specifically:

    • The crime type filters are grayed out when no crimes of that type exist in the selected date range. (You may have noticed that there aren't any Alcohol or Prostitution markers, even in the Mission. That's a bug, and we're working on it.)
    • The weekly labels on the date slider are clickable, so you can more easily select weeks at a time.

    Because San Franciso is shaped differently from Oakland, we're investigating ways to reorganize the interface elements so that the entire city is visible in the initial map view.

    All in all, though, we're very happy with it and agree that crime has never looked so good.

    [Cross-posted from the Crimespotting blog, written by Shawn Allen]

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