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Re: [betaNYC] Moving Violation data site I've been working on.

From: Chris W.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:32 PM

This is great work!  I hope this catches the NYPD's eye as an example of the developer ecosystem adding value to their data.  Can you comment on how big the lift was to build your PDF scraper?  Would you have gotten this out sooner if you didn't have to spend a lot of time turning PDFs into raw data?

Some design notes:  

-Maybe it would be better to show the filter options side-by-side with the map so the user doesn't have to scroll back up to the top to change the options.  

-The mini-map is a bit confusing since it appears that the precinct you've highlighted is behind the pop-up in New Jersey.  Maybe a contrasting basemap in the mini-map would help, or just highlight the precinct on the main map.

Awesome civic hack!


On Tue, May 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM, akil harris <[address removed]> wrote:
Hey yinz,

I wanted to show you guys a site I've been working on lately that breaks down the NYPD Moving Violation Summonses.

Right now you can select a year or all years and a violation and see on a map the count of summonses issued by precinct. 

You can then click on a precinct and see the historical data of how many were given for each month in the dataset.

I hope to add a few more features to the site soon.

1) The ability to select multiple violations and aggregate the totals. (Speeding + Unlicensed Driver + Disobey Sign)
2) The ability to select two years and see the rate of change.
3) A precinct details page that will breakdown each violation by precinct over time.

The data is coming from these NYPD PDF files:

Which have been scraped and parsed into json. The code for the parser is available on my github @

And if you are interested in the code for the site you can check that out @

I'd love to hear your feedback on what you like and what you don't like. 



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