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Open Source Geographical Profiling? 15

elander asks: "I've been searching for a while for anything to do with geographical profiling, specifically systems that narrow the search area in the hunt for serial criminals (burglars, robbers, rapists etc). So far, the only system I've found is Rigel, a commercial software package, only available through leasing from ECRI. I wonder, aren't there any Open Source alternatives? I'm about to (hopefully, last round of approvals is under way) build a crime scene information system for a Swedish police authority, based on Open Source, and I'd like to be able to offer something along these lines as a future extension."
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Open Source Geographical Profiling?

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  • google maps (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Fr05t ( 69968 )
    I don't know of any, but this could be an interesting place to use google's map api :
    http://www.google.com/apis/maps/ [google.com]

  • by BigZaphod ( 12942 ) on Tuesday July 19, 2005 @02:23PM (#13106147) Homepage
    I don't know any hobbyist crime hunters, so I suspect that something like this is going to be pretty hard to come by. I know of people who listen to police scanners and such, but that's a bit different than a part time vigilante who also happens to be a software developer. But, hey, the world's a big place. You never know. :-)
  • Contact me at papillion at gmail dot com and I can definately help you out.
  • This is something that has fascinated me for quite some time, but I don't have the time to start a project do build something like this. I'm interesting in combining tools such as those from Xanalys [xanalys.com] with ECRI.
    I'd like to see geotagged items tossed into a Watsonish tool that then feeds something like Rigel. I'm not especially interested in crime tracking, but building the tracking systems sounds like fun.
    Looking for correlation in apparently unrelated facoids combined with geographic representation and
  • drupal cms (Score:3, Informative)

    by NateSac ( 579551 ) <[ten.ynoj] [ta] [j]> on Tuesday July 19, 2005 @03:46PM (#13107140) Homepage Journal

    Drupal [drupal.org] is an open source content managment system. Drupal is modular, and very flexible, and you can develop custom themes very simply written in pure php [drupal.org]. The reason why I mention drupal, is that theres a few contributed modules that sound like that you are looking for.

    Location API [drupal.org] provides the framework for location based, and proximty based searching.
    EventFinder [drupal.org] module uses this API to provide sitewide location based searches and more.
    There are also two contributed map modules google maps [drupal.org], and geourl [drupal.org].

    It seems like the basic functionatily you are asking for is already developed for drupal, It shouldnt take alot of work to throw these together to do what you want to do.

  • by DerekLyons ( 302214 ) <fairwater@gmail . c om> on Tuesday July 19, 2005 @07:07PM (#13109136) Homepage
    I've been searching for a while for anything to do with geographical profiling, specifically systems that narrow the search area in the hunt for serial criminals (burglars, robbers, rapists etc). So far, the only system I've found is Rigel, a commercial software package, only available through leasing from ECRI. I wonder, aren't there any Open Source alternatives?
    Why should there be open source alternatives? You have a fairly narrow problem domain with a very narrow customer base that requires specialized techniques... Exactly the last thing I'd expect to be found as OSS.

    Frankly, I suspect you are doing a disservice to your clients by choosing philosophy over functionality.

  • In the UK there is a software system called Mosaic which collates various sources of demographic information and allows you then to find out what kinds of people live at a particular address.

    This is used by marketing departments and political parties to target their attention at those most likely to be responsive, e.g. the uneducated and poor (http://money.guardian.co.uk/creditanddebt/credit c ards/story/0,1456,1529921,00.html [guardian.co.uk]) or swing voters (http://www.guardian.co.uk/online/story/0,3605,142 8612,00.htm [guardian.co.uk]

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