Category: visualization

Humanizing Open Data

Our focus on context here at Ontodia, is not just about making it easy to create maps and promoting conversations around data – its all towards our ultimate goal of Humanizing Open Data. Behind each dataset, there’s a story.  Building and construction permits tell stories of urban renewal and gentrification.  311 heating complaints tell stories about delinquent landlords and old infrastructure.  And Vision Zero data records the tragedy of …

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NYC Crime Map

Explore crime rates in New York City based on geographies like neighborhoods, ZIP codes, boroughs, police precincts, community districts, or city council districts. Compare crime rates between different districts and for specific crime types. Interactive map here:   Methodology: NYPD reports crime data for 7 major crimes in NYC.[1] In PediaCities uses that data to calculate crime rates for different geographies and for specific crimes. All …

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Vision Zero – Visualizing Traffic-Related Fataliti...

When I first moved to NYC back in ’91, part of my weekly ritual was to haul my laundry to the laundromat.  I stayed with my brother in Maspeth back then, and the nearest laundromat was on the other side of Queens Boulevard on 69th street. Even then, Queens Boulevard was known as the “Boulevard of Death” and I would take special care in crossing …

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The Why and How of Our Neighborhoods Map

Curious about why we wanted to make a neighborhood-based map to explore NYC’s data?  Curious about how we made the map you’ve been clicking around? Read on to find out! We wanted to present our robust data in a neighborhood by neighborhood fashion because we know how meaningful neighborhoods are for many people.  Unlike cities, or election districts, or census blocks, however, neighborhoods do not …

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Presenting a New Way to Get to Know Your Neighborhood

PediaCities is quite proud to introduce our spiffy new neighborhoods map. We think this map will help people navigate the vast array of NYC data that’s becoming publicly available under the new open data laws. We love that this map helps people find an informative selection of open data that comes from a variety of agencies and organization. But what’s even more exciting to us …

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311, Sandy, Open Data and Lydia Callis

Finally got power back last Thursday at 3 in the morning!  And the first thing I did was to look for clips of Lydia Callis. During the power outage, our main source of information was WNYC and intermittent updates from Facebook and Twitter from our smartphones.  Mayor Bloomberg had regular press conferences and we couldn’t help but notice that social media was lit up with …

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