Map of the Week: Our murder map, relaunched
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The big change is that we’re now displaying all homicides in the GTA since January of 2005 on a single map (as commenter David Lomax suggested), which I think gives a much better sense of patterns. We’ve also added regional boundaries. Readers can sort by year, sex or age of victim, and whether a firearm was used, and turn the displayed year on and off. If the map loads slowly, try looking at the years one by one.
2008 homicides are still listed in the right-hand column.
The one thing that still needs to be done is implementing a better way of displaying multiple killings. The solution will involve numbered icons.
At the beginning of 2006, we thought that the API wouldn’t display more than a hundred or so points (which at the time it really didn’t), so we started a 2006 map linked to the 2005 map. We’ve carried on that pattern since, creating a fresh map at the beginning of each year, until eventually there were four.
Once again, the map was created by Web producer Brett Smith, who I’m delighted to say is joining the newsroom on Monday.