Friday, September 05, 2008

Crime mapping is expensive

Dave Hill wites in Comment is Free that the new Met Police Crime Mapping Site cost £210,000!!

Over £200k for a pretty basic google Mashup - surely not? The range of data and the level of functionality available is minimal to say the least. Particularly when compared with sites developed by West Midlands and Greater Manchester on similar or smaller budgets.

Could it be because they had to rush to satisfy their new political master? Nice work for someone.


Colin D said...

It's doubly expensive when you consider that if the government makes the incident data fully public, many people and companies will map the data for free. A good example of this is Washington D.C.. Incident data is made public daily, and many maps are generated. Additionally, new discoveries from the data beyond mapping may be discovered by making the data public.
My company,, has begun to identify time patterns of crime using the millions of incident data points we have amassed.

Steven said...


Tell me more about SpotCrime. Any thoughts on bringing it to England?

Mail me through the Kontactr on the home page


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