The Impact of Opening Up Crime Data Many cities in the U.S. release crime data, but how much information is available and how it's released varies greatly. Although there are more static tables with crime stats posted on websites than we’d like to count, there are also plenty of examples of decently structured data releases that form the foundation for informative and creative uses of crime data -- raising the bar for what is possible. All around the country, journalists, developers, and many other groups are transforming public crime data into meaningful stories, apps, data visualizations, and more, responding to the high demand for access to and better understanding of this information. Below, we’ve rounded up a few of the strongest examples of the different ways crime data can be used. One of the original examples of the impact of releasing crime data still thrives today: the crime blotter -- a simple, but descriptive, list of local crime incidents. Governments are using crime data in apps, too.
FOIA Here you can learn all about FBI records—including how to find records already released and how to request unreleased records through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or the Privacy Act. You can also find other information that will help you understand these records and the work of the FBI. See the menu to the right for hot topics and other links. Understanding FBI Records The FBI—along with every other government agency—creates or obtains records as it carries out its responsibilities. A Guide to Conducting Research in FBI Records—a comprehensive summary on how to find, use, and understand our records. Obtaining FBI Records Records Available Now A large number of FBI records are already available for reading and research: In the Vault—our new electronic reading room—you can read our most popular documents from the comfort of your own computer. Records Available by Request For complete information on when and how to submit a request, see Requesting FBI Records.
CLEARMAP Chicago Police Department Geographic Information System Public Information Requests Public Information Requests The staff of the Houston Police Department / Public Affairs Division / Open Records Unit welcomes you to our section of this web site. In order to assist you with your search on how to submit an Open Records request, we suggest that you find the type of document you are seeking in the list below, click on the heading and follow the instructions on how to obtain that document. • Local, State and Federal agencies, including law enforcement agency, municipal or district attorney office, please see Interagency Requests for information on how to submit your request. • Information on how to request documents from other City Departments (other than HPD) The Texas Attorney Generals website; Accident Calls for Service Log Below is a list of the most common types of requests. 911 Tapes and Dispatch Transcripts: Dispatch transcripts are maintained for one year, 911 audio tapes are maintained for six (6) months.
Crime Mapping and COMPSTAT LAPD Crime Mapping Get up-to-date crime statistics for neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles. Being informed about crime in your community is the first step in preventing future occurrences. go to Crime Mapping> To view only the crimes reported by the Los Angeles Police Department: Click on the Crime Mapping Agencies tab, then click the drop down arrow in the Only show crime reported by window and select Los Angeles Police, CA, and then click the Agencies tab again to maximize the page view. The Los Angeles Police Department will directly feed its crime data to the Omega Group to ensure that each crime is reported accurately on the site. The Los Angeles Police Department provides the public with easy access, for current crime information through our free crime mapping service to view Part I crimes. Coming soon, a future update will allow divisional boundaries of the 21 geographical divisions as an additional layer to view crime in your selected area.
Houston Police Department - Crime Statistics Please read the information below for an overview of the types of crime statistics available and instructions on how to access the reports. Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Data by Street Neighborhood (Police Beat) Statistics Moving to a new part of town? Looking for crime statistics in your neighborhood (police beat)? Click here for monthly crime statistics Crime Statistics in MS Access Database and MS Excel Spreadsheet The UCR Data by street is provided here monthly as Microsoft Access databases and as Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Statistics The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to meet a need for reliable, uniform crime statistics for the nation. For Houston's UCR data, select the report you wish to view below. Citywide Uniform Crime Statistics 1985 - 2004 (pdf) HPD Beat Map (pdf) showing HPD districts and beats, stations and storefronts
Data Catalog Open data An introductory overview of Linked Open Data in the context of cultural institutions. Clear labeling of the licensing terms is a key component of Open data, and icons like the one pictured here are being used for that purpose. Overview The concept of open data is not new; but a formalized definition is relatively new—the primary such formalization being that in the Open Definition which can be summarized in the statement that "A piece of data is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and/or share-alike. Open data is often focused on non-textual material such as maps, genomes, connectomes, chemical compounds, mathematical and scientific formulae, medical data and practice, bioscience and biodiversity. A typical depiction of the need for open data: Creators of data often do not consider the need to state the conditions of ownership, licensing and re-use. I want my data back. Closed data