Derek Eder emailed me to tell me about two web applications he created based on Google Fusion Tables and its API (application programming interface, basically a question and answer program for designers and programmers to interact with).
He created searchable/filterable maps for TIF districts (tax increment financing, the Chicago mayor’s pet project bank account) and vacant and abandoned buildings. Both use data straight from the City of Chicago.
Screenshot of the Derek Eder’s TIF district web application.
Essentially, the web applications work like this (in case you want to build one yourself):
- Load the data into Google Fusion Tables (this is very easy)
- Build a custom interface on your own website (not so easy)
- Hook into the Fusion Tables API to load the data into your custom interface
These markings are intended to reduce the number of pedestrian crashes by increasing the walking person’s visibility.