By Steve Outing
One of the earliest and best Google Maps mashups is Adrian Holovaty’s ChicagoCrime.org, which takes publicly accessible Chicago crime data and gloms it onto a satellite/street map in all sorts of interesting and flexible ways. Now Holovaty, who is a Chicago-based Web technologist for Washingtonpost.com, has added a new and cool feature:
Crimes in the database are now linked with crime writeups from the Chicago Journal newspaper. Here’s the site, and here’s a sample writeup + map. Below is a screen grab of what the map part looks like.
Nice! … Shouldn’t this sort of thing be on, say, the Chicago Tribune’s website? Yeah, Holovaty works for another company. But ChicagoCrime.org is a labor of love for him; from what I know from talking to him, there’s no money in it. (The site doesn’t even use Google AdSense.)
Keep an eye on his little side-project empire, too. Holovaty tells me he’s got some other similar stuff that’ll debut one of these days.