I chose to compare both LA Crime and SF Crimespotting interactive websites. Similar to LA Crime, SF Crimespotting overlays the city’s crime reports over a map of San Francisco. Crimespotting was built on the premise that civic data, re: crime, should be public and easily accessed by everyone. The website is built to track crimes color coded and classified as (assault/murder, violent, property and quality of life).
Like LA Crimes, there is a calendar of past crimes recorded. A further neat feature SF included is a calendar bar, to personalize the desired number of days of crime to display.
When your arrow hovers over a certain crime in the legend box on right, the map dims to highlight that crime. Cool feature!
In addition, Crimespotting has a Time of Day function, to show crimes done during the day vs. night vs. swing shift, or whatever chunk of time the viewer is interested in. This shows me that of the 22 robbery reports, 13 were committed at night.
Crimespotting also had tabs for Crime Reports and makes available its API information for everyone.
Overall I found SF Crimespotting to be a better user-interface website over LA Crime. It has a modern look, makes use of color and simplifies its function in a user compatible way (arrows, +/- button, scale bars). I also think there is more variety of crime posted on SF than LA (quality of life: narcotics, alcohol). One thing I would have liked to seen on both websites would be motor vehicular and bicycle/pedestrian collisions. It would be interesting to map these collisions, either in proximity to schools or bars. Especially with the time of day feature on Crimespotting in addition to the quality of life: alcohol categorization. A lot of useful analysis could come out of having this data available on either Crimespotting or LA Crime.
Again, not knowing what my group project will be, it’s hard to tell how useful SF Crimespotting will be. However, the website in general is excellent and well made. It has definitely given me ideas on what are good and bad designs, what applications are useful to the user and how can these be created in an efficient and easy to use way.