New York Times: NYC Homicides Map

For this blog I chose an interactive feature from The New York Times called The New York City Homicides Map.
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This interactive feature shows a graphic map of NYC, with each borough labeled. The dots representing the locations of each homicide from 2003-2011
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You can zoom into the map or borough and hover over a dot to reveal the details of each crime.
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There are different categories on the side that you can sort the dots by gender, weapon used, age, time of day, location, etc. And a little bar graph pops up to give you percentages and evaluations of the data.
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You can also sort the information by year, and see how many homicides occurred that year and use the categories again to sort the dots.
The user experience is well done. There is a lot of information, but it is organized in a logical manner, and makes it simple for a user to navigate through each section and choose which information they want to see. The dots also give users more interesting graphic visuals rather than just charts or graphs.
The feature combines text, graphics, data, and charts into one extremely informative and interactive page. I do wish that specific events would be highlighted (like notable homicides, or stories that NYT has reports or articles that they could link to).
The content is intended I think for citizens of NYC, or anyone interested in the city’s crime. The ability to see where most crime is located, or what years were the worst for crime is a very valuable feature for the people who live there or anyone interested in NYC’s crime history.
I assume the information will be updated (maybe not) as time goes on and more data is reported. They could easily continue to add each year, although it is not clear if they will actually do so.

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