Monday, October 29, 2007
Bike versus car (And you can too!)
Apologies to Mr. Colbert on the title.
Wonderful visual presentation of bike-car wrecks from The Oregonian.
We could do it in Charlotte and Raleigh, with information at sites like this one and this one and this one.
I spent about two minutes at the last one and made the (not so pretty) chart shown here. The hard part: The crash data site says, "For a detailed review of crashes in specific locations (e.g., corridors or certain intersections within a community), it will be necessary to obtain such information at the local level."
But it's possible.
Here's another example of mashing up publicly available information to make it useful for readers, from Marc Matteo with McClatchy in California.
Utopian ideas: Foundations could give rewards or grants to creators of such projects so they can take the time to write project "cookbooks" for other papers. Or foundations could fund time for local reporters and graphic artists to develop their own projects, without eviscerating slim newspaper staffs. The ideas are spinning off Ed Wasserman's critique of Propublica.