Sunday, November 7, 2010

Onward, upward.

I've started the first stages of prototyping my product.

The essential mission of my product is this: if you come to my site looking for information about Washington, N.C. crime, you should be able to find it on my site.

Beyond that, you should be able to find it easily. If you're looking for a particular arrest, how many crimes are near your house, or the frequency of your crime, you should find it on my site.

I haven't quite gotten there yet.

Those are all possible searches, but there are a ridiculous amount more of typical users who would want this product.

But if a person comes to my site and browses through looking for something crime related that my product doesn't offer, it should still lead them to the correct information. For example, it's easy to google "sex offender map" and find a site that will tell you the criminal histories of whosever in your neighborhood. But someone could very easily come to my site looking for that. That's why the News & Observer links to that site on their crime data page, just as I would for mine.

It's hard to think of every possible use.

I'm trying think of all the possible fields people could search by. Here's just a few:
  • how many crimes on my street
  • how many larcenies, vehicle break ins, etc
  • all the crimes of a certain type, location etc. in a certain location
  • how many arrests made on violent crimes
  • search by name (i.e., see if that babysitter of yours has a Washington record)
  • how many crimes in a short time period
etc, etc.
So it's hard to make one product that will be user-friendly for all these different goals.

But I'll keep drafting products. I'll get there.

It's a matter of trial an error.

Onward, upward.

1 comment:

  1. if you get crime data, we'll map it on SpotCrime.