Louisville’s National Day of Civic Hacking event wrapped up this past Saturday May 31.  How did it go?


The event was a huge success!  The organizers, Louisville’s Civic Data Alliance, would like to thank everyone who participated including Greg Fischer (Louisville Metro’s Mayor), Ted Smith (City Innovation Director), and Tim Welsh (Metro CIO).

We had 45+ people sign up and attend.  We were part of over 100 cities, 124 events, and 10,000 participants across the nation.

Civic Data Alliance

The Civic Data Alliance is Louisville’s official Code for America brigade, and the organizing body for this year’s NDoCH.  If you want to join us, discover projects we are working on, and join our monthly meetups, please visit our site and sign up on our forums.

The Projects

We focused on 5 projects to build and ship in just 6 hours, based on data available and interest levels.  Here’s a summary of each of them.

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CrimeScore is a new local open data API by YourMapper that gives you a detailed safety grade at your current location.

CrimeScore: A Safety Rating for Your Location

CrimeScore: A Safety Rating for Your Location


CrimeScore rating uses a propriety methodology based on address-level open data crime reports, weighted for type of crime, recency, and proximity, then adjusted by neighboring CrimeScore ratings, and finally statistically standardized across a bell curve based on all the CrimeScores across a city, updated daily.

Coverage Areas

Our nationwide crime rating for your location is available in the following cities, with more being added soon.
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Anchorage, AK
  • Louisville, KY
  • Miami, FL
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Chicago, IL
  • Seattle, WA
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Richmond, VA
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Atlanta, GA
Coming Soon:
  • Portland, OR
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Lexington, KY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • …and more

API Access

Directly access the CrimeScore API, with dynamic documentation and in-browser testing on Mashape.

Mashape CrimeScore API

Mashape CrimeScore API

Also, check out our GitHub repository for a server-side example using Mashape, and full code for an interactive online browser map.

Badges and Graphics

We have a variety of badges (download) you can use on your website or app that are color coded to show grades, and only require you to overlay the grade or score that we return for a location.

CrimeScore badge graphics

CrimeScore badge graphics

Pebble App

CrimeScore is a GPS enabled Pebble app that calculates a composite score based on the amount of crime in your immediate area.

Pebble CrimeScore: GPS Safety Rating

Pebble CrimeScore: GPS Safety Rating

We’ve submitted it to Pebble’s online app challenge through ChallengePost.

If you have a moment, head over there and vote or leave a comment!

iPhone App

SafetyCheck is a mobile iphone app that gives you a CrimeScore rating at your current location. The app shows a rating from 1 to 10 of your current safety level, and the number of recent crimes in your area.  It uses the API to keep all the data processing server-side.

SafetyCheck Local iPhone App

SafetyCheck Local iPhone App

Google Glass App

AskOpenData.com has integrated the CrimeScore API into his Washington DC Google Glass transit directions app called Ask Metro.  It lets you know the crime rating of the station you are headed to.

Ask Metro CrimeScore Integration

Ask Metro CrimeScore Integration

Your App?

Get starting adding a CrimeScore rating to your existing services, adding value and information for your new and existing clients.  Or come up with your own app or service based on ideas we haven’t even thought of yet!

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YourMapper Team Wins International SND Conference Hackathon

November 11, 2013

YourMapper’s team at the Hacktucky hackathon took first place with our Next Bus project.  SND hosted their international news design conference in Louisville this year, and 5 teams participated in an intense 24 hour hackathon to ship a locally focused product. The Next Bus uses TARC’s real-time bus data, merged with curated local events.  Choose […]

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Hack for Change Louisville Recap

June 5, 2013

Hack for Change Louisville is being held as the city’s formal National Day of Civic Hacking event. The day will bring together local government leaders and staff, local organizations, businesses, visitors, and community members and is focused on civic innovation. Success! The event was a huge success!  Thanks for everyone who participated including Greg Fischer, Louisville […]

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Winner of Code for America Hack-a-Thon

February 25, 2013

This weekend, Your Mapper participated in the national Code Across America: A Week of Civic Innovation event, the Code for America Hack-a-Thon, and pulled in a first place prize! The city of Louisville, the Mayor’s Office, Economic Growth and Innovation director Ted Smith, Louisville CIO Beth Niblock, and LVL1 hosted the event, organized by the Code […]

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Heatmap with Style: Visualize Entire Datasets

July 5, 2012

Today we launched a significant number of new features for our online maps that we think will really help you visualize the data you want to see better than ever.  Google announced many of these upgrades to their API last week, so we thought we’d quickly add them for our users. Heatmaps The first of […]

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Your Mapper iPhone App: Mobile Data at Your Location

June 18, 2012

The Your Mapper iPhone app gives you access to all of our national, state, and local data anywhere you are. We want to make it easy for you to discover your surroundings, save favorite searches, and share what you find. Features include much of what you can do browsing our website maps, plus: Location Detection […]

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Government Partnership: Louisville Metro Crime Incidents Map

January 24, 2012

Cross posted from the Metro Mapper blog. The city of Louisville Metro has partnered with our government open data services and mapping company GovMapper to bring a daily crime incident reports map from the LMPD to the citizens of Louisville. There are maps for every police division and beat in the city, with data updating daily.  The […]

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GovMapper is Awarded KSTC’s Kentucky Enterprise Fund Grant

October 20, 2011

GovMapper has been selected by KSTC for the respected Kentucky Enterprise Fund grant this year! GovMapper helps local governments get their data online for the public. This grant will help us reach more city and state governments across the nation, and show them how to open data for their citizens, promoting transparency and saving them […]

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Connecting to People in Government – With Your Help (and a Cash Bonus)

June 14, 2011

Our biggest challenge to getting great public data online is forging a human relationship with the decision makers in local governments.  When we make a connection to the individuals in charge, we can show them the benefits of putting their data online and how easy the process is. This connection to local government almost always […]

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