What is this? The Washington Post has been regularly updating a .csv file tracking every fatal police shooting in the US since January 2015. My code reads that file and places every victim's name, date, and location on a Google Map for the last 3 months. Hover over a map marker to see info about the victim(s).
How does it work?
- Gets the shootings data file from Github via AJAX, which is parsed using Papa Parse JS library.
- Narrows the data to the last 3 months.
- Imports and parses a locally-stored .csv file linking cities to coordinates, since Google Maps requires latitude/longitude coordinates to place a marker rather than just a city name.
- Generates the map, then places a marker for each city.
- Allow the user to change the number of months of data displayed, or enter start and end dates, and refresh the map.
- The cities.csv file is large but is missing several towns, and it keys off of zip code rather than city/state pair, resulting in duplicates. Since lat/lng data is static, transform it into something more directly useful.
- Improve performance by figuring out how to cache and expire the shooting data, saving a cross-server request.