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Justice to create regional data store

When sniper shootings took place last October in the Washington, D.C., area, law enforcement officials asked the Justice Department to use mapping techniques to predict the shooters’ next target areas. But gathering special data from the police jurisdictions involved proved to be almost insurmountable. Officials only obtained the necessary information after the two suspects were arrested. “Out of this came a need to develop a special data repository,” said Ronald Wilson, a senior research associate at the University of Michigan working with Justice’s National Institute of Justice. “Nobody had [data] all in one place. There was a lot of data.” So Justice officials decided to create a map data store for regional analysis and planning. The Geospatial Repository for Analysis and Safety Planning — run by the institute of with the University of Virginia’s Department of Systems and Information Engineering — would let local authorities analyze detailed spatial data for regional events. Full Story

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