Articles about "Mapping"


Toledo mayor calls Blade ‘irresponsible’ for reporting information he won’t release

The Blade | The Journal News
Toledo's mayor blasted The (Toledo, Ohio) Blade for publishing its own map of gang territories in the city, but he still refused to make public a police map of gang activity. The Blade made its map "after exhaustive interviews and research," Ignazio Messina writes.

Mayor Mike Bell said the map, which is part of a series, threatened outside investment in the city. The series started Sunday.

“I would say it is probably one of the most irresponsible forms of journalism that I have read in the paper since I have been in this city, from the standpoint of the recoil it possibly will have on the economy in terms of being able to recruit people and bring people in,” Mr. Bell said. “To me it is almost like kicking someone when they are down. ... Tell me what is the positive side of this?”
The Blade in July sued the city for allegedly violating the Ohio Public Records Act by restricting access to the police department's map, which is used to monitor gang activities and shootings. Several members of the city council -- as well as mayoral hopefuls -- have said they believe the map should be released, even as Bell insists Toledo's gang activity is “no different than any other metropolitan city.” (more...)
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7 ways to get your audience to participate in mobile mapping projects

News organizations are increasingly involving the community in their reporting and trying to figure out which approaches work well.

One way to get your audience involved is to combine the ease of mobile texting with the visual appeal of a … Read more

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Explainer maps locate, contextualize and localize news from Libya, Japan

In recent weeks, the media have reported on how events in Libya and Japan are affecting Misurata, Az Zintan, Tripoli and Rikuzentakata.

Is your geography good enough to know that Misurata and Az Zintan are in northwest Libya, … Read more

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Boston transit opens up data for mobile apps

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Andrea Bernstein reports from Boston that the city’s transit agency last year was struggling with the challenge of how to share real-time data with passengers about where city buses are. So the agency invited 200 developers to a meeting Read more

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Brady: New D.C. Site to Rely on 3 Things for Delivering News on Every Block

People who visit Allbritton Communications’ still-unnamed metro D.C. news site when it launches in June will see elements that have been employed elsewhere — aggregation, geocoding, community engagement — but not quite in this formula.

“People think we’re biting off … Read more

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Google & YouTube 3-D Features Have Potential to Advance Multimedia Storytelling

Chris Crum at Web Pro News recently pointed out an interesting YouTube experiment: creating stereoscopic video, or what’s traditionally known as “3-D video,” using the popular video provider.
Crum wrote:
“Today the CitizenTube Blog points to what it
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EveryBlock Launches Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Detroit ‘Beta’ Editions

EveryBlock, the innovative microlocal news and information site, expanded its network of locations to 15 this week, by offering four new “beta” cities: Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and Detroit.

 
In the EveryBlock blog announcement, founder Adrian Holovaty explains, “Why
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Citizen Intelligence Analysts Unveil North Korea Via Google Earth

North Korea’s nuclear and missile activities are making headlines again — and making people curious about what that closed nation is like. An independent collaborative project called North Korea Uncovered uses Google Earth to compile the efforts of many volunteer … Read more

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Everyblock’s New Geocoding Fixes

Last week I wrote about how a Los Angeles Police Dept. geocoding data glitch yielded inaccurate crime maps at LAPDcrimemaps.org and the database-powered network of hyperlocal sites, Everyblock.

On Apr. 8, Everyblock founder Adrian Holovaty blogged about the two … Read more

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Los Angeles Times Spots Police Geocoding Error

Crime maps are one of the most popular and (in urban areas) ubiquitous types of geo-enabled local news. The data from these maps comes from local police departments, but how reliable is it?

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported … Read more

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