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New FB page- a place to discuss criminology & open data
You may have noticed I missed my recent weekend deadline for a blog post. Over the weekend was deeply embroiled in working out how to chart and visualise victim data provided by QPS for my open data project.
This project has swiftly become quite intriguing for what it is teaching me about what crime rates can and can not explain. Understanding this is important because crime rates are the focus of a lot of social policy not the least of which is the introduction of mandatory blanket income quarantining. But the project is fascinating for many other reasons as well, as it provides the public with direct access to historical crime, victim & offender data (the latter still to come) so people can do their own investigating rather than rely on the annual reports from QPS.
I have received calls to increase the scope to other jurisdictions, which of course I would like to do as time and data availability permits. There is quite a list of crime related open datasets available however each jurisdiction records and reports this data according to their own laws and practices, covers different time periods and differing administrative boundaries. My first step toward adding other jurisdictions will simply be to evaluate the scope and limits of available data.
I expect the project to morph and change in response to working in new data and functionality and I have set up a Facebook page to allow people to share with me (and others) the kinds of questions they want open crime data to answer. I expect I’ll end up creating a report to feed back to government (possibly through the OGPNAu which I may re-join or else just informally share my work) on the scope, limitations and potential of open crime data.
I hope the page will serve as a forum for people to share information, ideas, feature requests, techniques, bugs etc, but also provide a space to initiate discussions about how the media deals with crime and victim reporting as these are hot issues for minority groups. A public open data project engages all groups with the topic and allows people from different backgrounds to share the issues and questions that are important to them.
Posts are moderated and you can as always, ping me on Twitter. If there is demand down the track for a dedicated environment to discuss these topics then I’ll set that up as and when the need becomes apparent. The FB page is just to make it easier for people to communicate with me about the project – and also to communicate with others interested in the project. Hope to see you there 🙂
October 18, 2017 / Rosie / 0