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Think Globally. Code Locally. Making Pokemon Go a safer space with open crime data


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Boston is a hotbed of innovation. People are doing extremely cool, amazing things here, starting businesses, creating markets. But the social impact on our region is minimal. My talk is about combining my passion for database tech with a community focus to create demo applications that not only sell product, but also enrich the city. I highlight a location-aware safety app I built with City of Boston open crime data to make Pokemon Go a safer space.

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Think Globally. Code Locally. Making Pokemon Go a safer space with open crime data

  1. 1. Think globally. Act locally. Understanding public safety using local crime data
  2. 2. My background Developer Advocate IBM Analytics MCP, Ph.D. Urban Studies & Planning
  3. 3. You’ve come a long way, baby!
  4. 4. Read my newletter on open data!
  5. 5. Technology maturity curve open data?
  6. 6. Global issues S A F E T Y, H U M A N R I G H T S, F O O D S E C U R I T Y, I N C O M E I N E Q U A L I T Y, W
  7. 7. The danger zone
  8. 8. Where to find data
  9. 9. The excellent Socrata API
  10. 10. The excellent Socrata API
  11. 11. Boston crime data
  12. 12. Boston crime data Text?!?!
  13. 13. Harvesting crime data
  14. 14. Harvesting crime data
  15. 15. Resources • REST API – • Crime code lookup tables – data/tree/master/crime • Harvesting app – • My blog – • TODO: sample app
  16. 16. Lessons learned
  17. 17. Time’s Up! • About your speaker: – Name: Raj Singh – Company: IBM Analytics – Email: – Social Media: – Quick bio: Raj is a Developer Advocate and Open Data Lead at IBM Cloud Data Services. He specializes in all things geospatial and hacks on analytics in R/dashDB and Spark/iPython notebooks. He's currently driven to make CDS the best place to obtain and exploit comprehensive, curated open data sets for business. Raj pioneered Web mapping-as-a- service in the late 1990s with Syncline, a startup he co-founded.