Moments after giving a talk on open data and code reuse at the Code for America Summit, Ben Berkowitz (SeeClickFix) and Aaron Ogle (CfA) grabbed me and said, “can we make a simple map mashup of all the murals verses graffiti reports in Philly?”
Of course we can. And, of course, we can do it with free and open source resources.
I give you SeeClickMural. I’m not exactly sure what correlations come up, but it is an interesting exercise in quickly combining multiple feeds of open data.
Here’s how we did it:
- The graffiti reports came from this SeeClickFix feed.
- The mural data came from MuralFarm.org (via this geocouch instance).
- The actual map uses Polymaps (from SimpleGeo & Stamen).
- The backend and frontend framework came from zachwill’s flask_heroku. It is a dead-simple way to setup a static web server with the best of HTML5 boilerplate and bootstrap CSS already baked in – and all of it is ready for deployment to Heroku. (btw Zach is a 2012 CfA fellow.)