Semi-Automated Dissemmination of Geographically Linked Policing Data

I post Regional Analyisis and Information Data Sharing (RAIDS) online data for my neighborhood on a separate blog. I made a matching twitter account @alertparkridge to tweet a link when new data is posted on the blog.

I’m trying to automate updates to the extent possible – presently a subscription to RAIDS data for all reports within 1 mile of Olive and Washington comes to my e-mail inbox. Now it’s automatically forwarded to my blog via an e-mail filter and my blog’s publish-by-e-mail address.

The flow of information is as follows

1. Incident report from Knoxville Police Department officer

2. Weekly upload to RAIDS Online, Knoxville Police Department (I assume on Fridays).

3. Push of information from RAIDS online database via e-mail to my personal gmail account

4. Personal g-mail account filter instruction forwarding for all incoming mail from RAIDS online database to personal blog ( “publish-by-e-mail” url.

5.  Saved as draft.  Editing to remove unsubscribe link.

6. Publish with tags matching incident codes within proper boundaries of neighborhood (cataloguing, classification, tagging)

7. “push” via blogger RSS to @alertparkridge using twitterfeed.

8. Potential last step, if possible, is to sync with neighborhood organization’s Facebook page. This would save me the step of posting anything myself.  I don’t know if this works for Groups, but I do know it works on my personal Facebook and a page I help admin (SEPARC).

Unfortunately the workflow as-is still requires me to interact with it; I set the publish-by-email setting to save a draft because the e-mail includes a URL that, when clicked, can disable my RAIDS online subscription, so I have to edit that out.

The point of the Twitter is that residents can get incident updates for the neighborhood on twitter or text the following: “follow alertparkridge” to the number 40404 to get SMS updates. This is explained here:


About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Posted on April 6, 2014, in Civic Life and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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