Posted on January 31, 2008
Bidding farewell to Chicago Crime
Adrian Holovaty has announced the shutdown of chicagocrime.org, the groundbreaking online dynamic data project that has inspired so many journalists since 2005 (only 2005? Gosh, it seems much longer … Internet years …).
The site is still functioning today, but according to Adrian’s post, it will be gone tomorrow.
One of many things I have liked to point out about chicagocrime.org — particularly when I have shown it to journalism students — is that Adrian produced this site apart from his day job, without any payment, and without any advertising. (He also did it without any assistance from the Chicago Police Department, using automated “scraper” scripts to extract the data from their Web site.)
More than one student has asked me why anyone would produce such a project without getting paid for it.
It makes me feel so sad when I hear that question.
(Read Adrian’s May 2005 post announcing the launch of chicagocrime.org.)
To see similar online projects, see Danny Sanchez’s recently updated online crime maps directory.