City Infographics Discussed in the New Yorker

Last week’s issue of The New Yorker had an interesting piece in the Talk of the Town section called ‘Rap Map’, by Lauren MacIntyre. It’s about information visualization, and in this case, about some researchers who look at a block-by-block breakdown of the people who have been put in prison in a specific year. They have even examined (in a visual manner) how long the convicts are in for, and where they end up serving their sentences. The people who did the work are at the Justice Mapping Center, and their information visualizations can be found there. And the graphics are both thought-provoking and really cool to look at, as all good data visualization should be.