People Maps

People Maps is using crowdsourced network graphs to map the connections between everyone in business, government, and non-profits in Baltimore. We're starting with LinkedIn. Will you contribute your graph?
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How It Works

We each have friends and professional connections. These people form what's called our "social graph." Many of your friends and contacts also know each other. By analyzing your own personal social graph, you can learn a lot about how you spend your time, and the communities in which you participate. For example, you can visualize your own personal LinkedIn social graph here.
The People Maps project works by combining multiple social graphs together to create a unified picture of how the city works. So with a few hundred people's social graphs, we can map many thousands of people, spanning many different professions and disciplines. For example, with just 550 graphs, we can plot over 165,000 people, about 40,000 of whom are in Baltimore!

What We Do With Your Data

We're using this data to create map images and art prints, and to try to understand the city better. We're not sharing the data with other parties, but we will be sharing the maps we create. If we do collaborate with other parties it will be strictly for the production of maps that support the People Maps project.

Who's Behind This?

People Maps is an experimental civic art project started by Baltimore-based software developer and community organizer David Troy. It was started at Civic Hack Day in February 2011 with assistance from Bill Mill and others.