Microsoft launches way for NYC residents to view community concerns

Microsoft Research is once again offering a way for residents of a city or community a way to view current issues that affect those areas in real time. This week, the division announced the launch of HereHere NYC, which gathers data from the many neighborhoods in the New York City area from the 311 non-emergency stream of texts, phone calls and emails.

The Microsoft Research page states that HereHere NYC takes that data and generates both texts and cartoons that are supposed to represent the most important issues and concerns for each neighborhood. That information can be viewed on a map, as shown above, or sent to a resident via Twitter or email. For example, residents in the Lower West Side of Manhattan can now see that people have recently reported on a few illegal hotel issues in the area.

Kati London, the lead on Microsoft's HereHere NYC project, states:

The idea is that we are inundated with all kinds of data in our lives, and it’s overwhelming. Characterization helps bring immediacy and a human scale to information. When the Lower East Side says it’s totally cool with a few vermin complaints, we’re giving a human voice to the neighborhood which, hopefully, will stimulate conversations about issues.

This type of project is an extension of sorts to Microsoft Research's earlier work on Whooly, which gathered Twitter messages from local Seattle communities in a way to better inform the residents about real time events.

Source: Microsoft Research | Image via Microsoft

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So how long is this going to take to migrate from MSR to Bing, and then be made available to all parts of the world? My guess is probably the next century or so.

Romero said,
So how long is this going to take to migrate from MSR to Bing, and then be made available to all parts of the world? My guess is probably the next century or so.

You obviously don't know the point of 'research'. A lot of these are experiments/ideas and they pitch them to the teams. A lot of stuff is kept locked away until it's ready for primetime or it's simply kept for patent purposes if it doesn't have value in their product offerings. A lot of the stuff they showed for Bing Maps for example actually did make it into Bing Maps, but obviously it's taking a long time to bring that functionality worldwide. Now that it's powered by Nokia's mapping along with Foursquare's data, it'll probably make things easier.

j2006 said,
You obviously don't know the point of 'research'.
You obviously have no idea about the point I was trying to make. I love what MSR does, but I'd say their track record of actually bringing things to market is a bit spotty. A recent example being that contact lens to detect sugar levels or something similar which Google snapped up and converted into a marketable product. In addition the excuse that rolling things out worldwide takes time begins to wear thin, especially in this day and age where old tech is pretty much considered as good as useless. This is nothing new for the company either. There may be reasons why the PS4 is available in 53 countries and counting while the XBoxOne is only confined to 13, but do you think eager gamers give a ****? Why wouldn't they (as long as they aren't XBox fanboys) buy the console that's available to them months or years before its competitor (ignoring for the moment the $100 difference)? Microsoft needs to target other parts of the world aggressively, especially territories where it is held in high regard and esteem in general.