Thursday, January 15, 2009
Thanks to Paul Overberg of USA Today, who sent a comment to our Directions Magazine article on "Crime Wave Mapping," for pointing me to the Cincinnati Enquirer's CinciNavigator, a web mapping application that locates news, crime reports, traffic...you name it...in a single portal. CincNavigator uses a Microsoft Virtual Earth platform that is customized nicely to allow the user to isolate activities by date so as not to clutter the map. However, the tool tips as you mouse over each pin location have a way of obscuring some of the other information. The tip advises the user to zoom into the area and that's necessary to truly see incidents at a larger scale. But, overall, they have done an outstanding job with this portal.