In Brief

Knight Foundation Winner Ian Cairns has created an innovative mapping project to help late night revelers avoid problem areas.

Knight Foundation Winner Ian Cairns introduces us to an innovative mapping project he is working on. His website, StumbleSafely, visualizes crime levels surrounding Washington DC bars and Metro stops. The site integrates crime statistics from the police department to create a map that gives important context to a specific user base.

Cairns explains:

the idea was that the site could help users see the latest crimes near their favorite bars so they could be aware of problem areas. Because we weren’t actually helping people map out navigation paths to get home, the real communications point we wanted to hit with the map was showing crime in proximity to bars and subway stations. Street names didn’t matter as much, and neither did highlighting any other kinds of businesses.

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