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June Meeting Notes

From: Timothy D.
Sent on: Friday, June 13, 2014 10:47 AM
Hi Tim,
Sorry this input is coming at the last minute. I hope you're still able to spend some time on this during your hackathon. Below is our overall project goal and a wish list.

Project Goal: Create an interactive visualization of traffic-related injuries and fatalities in Monroe County. This project aims to boost awareness of, and incite action to reduce, life-altering accidents on our streets by making this data useable, scalable and as widely available as possible.

Pedestrian fatalities across NYS
Why Don't We Own This? (Urban Property Data Map)

Our Wish List:

We want to include the following menus ONLY (use what's in quotation marks for the label):

    "Municipality" (COMP_MUNI)
    "Accident Type" (ACCD_TYP)
    "Injuries" (NUM_OF_INJURIES)
    "Fatalities" (NUM_OF_FATALITIES)
    "Vehicle Count" (NUM_OF_VEH)
    We'd also like to include a "Date Range" ?a calendar or drop down menus that allow the user to select one specific date, or a whole range of dates.

When an incident is clicked on the map, we'd like the popup balloon to include the following information:

    "Municipality" (COMP_MUNI)

    "Accident Type" (ACCD_TYP)

    "Collision Type" (COLLISION_TYP)

    "Injuries" (NUM_OF_INJURIES)

    "Fatalities" (NUM_OF_FATALITIES)

    "Vehicle Count" (NUM_OF_VEH)

    "Traffic Control" (TRAF_CNTL)
    "Light Condition" (LIGHT_COND)
    "Weather" (WEATHER)
    "Road Surface" (ROAD_SURF_COND)
    "DMV Case #" (CASE_NUM)

    "Date/Time" (ACC_DATE/ACC_TIME)

We want to make the following adjustments to the layout/interface:

    We like the general layout you have (with the menus on the left, the map on the right, and the pop up bubbles). But we also like the cleaner look & feel of the Traffairious tool you provided. We like the BIG map, san-serif font, and a thin black bar at the top with the project name. The bar at the top could also have a link to an "About" page, a link to "ReconnectRochester.­org", a link to Contact Us, and maybe some social share options.
    Alphabetize the items within each menu
    On the map, change the pin icon to something smaller. Maybe just a bright red dot for FATALITIES, and a darker red dot for INJURIES?
    Can you set a default view? We'd like the default view (when the map first loads) to show all fatalities in all municipalities.
    Change "Query" to something more plain English like "Submit"
    We like the loading progress bar. Let's keep that.
    We like the "Count" although there may be a better placement for it.

If there's anything else you want to experiment with, be our guest. For example, you mentioned trying to implement a heat map. Feel free to try adding any layers like that which might be valuable. One thought I had would be to allow people to attach a comment to a specific incident on the map. So for example, if I was involved in, or witnessed a specific accident, I could give a first hand account of what happened. Just a thought.

Let me know what you think. If you're working on this tomorrow, and have a question or want to talk something thru, just give me a call at work? 340-9379.


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