Social Media Challenge #5 – Health Violations Mapping

Over the past two weeks we’ve used Google Maps for an individual project and for a group collaboration. Now we’re going a step farther. This link will take you to the Monongalia County Health Department’s public health department page. Here you’ll find PDF documents from the last 13 months of health inspections in Mon County. The reports include restaurant names and addresses, as well as data for critical and noncritical violations. Can you guess where this is going?

In groups of 4-5, you are going to create maps (one month per group) of these violations. What will these maps look like? How will the data be visualized? That’s up to you as long as ALL data points in your file are mapped. Group and month assignments are listed at the bottom. One member will create the map – this person will then invite the others with the “collaborate” link.

Requirements:

  • The description of your map needs an explanation of the difference between critical and noncritical reviews. You can find that information here.
  • All data points for your file must be mapped and labeled. How many layers of information you add (e.g., distinctions between critical/noncritical reviews, links to more information) is up to you.
  • Every group member must be involved in posting data points.
  • Every group member must post the map to their personal blog by the due date.

How you’ll submit your work:

  • Each group must post ONE comment to the assignment that includes a link to one of the maps and a brief description of what your map does (not just “health code violations”). It’s up to you who gets to post it.
  • Come to class prepared for a brief presentation (don’t panic!) on your group’s map – either nominate a spokesperson or present as a group.

Grades will reflect the level of work put in. Maps that meet the minimum necessary requirements of this assignment will earn a grade that reflects that level of effort. Maps that go beyond the minimum will be graded accordingly. Use the different strengths of your team to build something unique!

Due: Noon on Tuesday, February 23 (no later than this – I need time to post them!)

Group assignments:

  • Group 1 (January 2010): Evan Moore, Brittany Nelson, Ray Zawodni, Heather Tawney, Travis Crum
  • Group 2 (December 2009): Gabrielle Ash, Garrett Cullen, Casey Hofmann, Julia Day, Austin Sanders
  • Group 3 (November 2009): Chip Fontanazza, Ashley Alford, Rachel Davis, Kaitlynn Anderson, Greg Carey
  • Group 4 (October 2008): Cambria Stubelt, Gavin Matela, Paden Wyatt, Hillary Baum
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15 Responses to Social Media Challenge #5 – Health Violations Mapping

  1. austindrizzy says:

    Group 2: December 2009

    Austin Sanders, Julia Day, Casey Hoffman, Gabrielle Ash and Garrett Cullen.

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=113191977040792607167.00047ffad232eecb50a1f&ll=39.601456,-79.991455&spn=0.829561,2.329102&z=9

    Description: Our Map describes the Health code violations of restaurants in and around the Morgantown area. We decided to give these inspections certain colors and we made each balloon have a point so our points were uniform: Routine=Dark Blue, Pre-Opening=Green, Complaint=red and Follow-up= Yellow.

    The information we put inside the boxes for each restaurant goes as follows: Name, address, date, type of inspection, critical, non-critical, total and notice.

    The critical violations, violations that occur when left uncorrected that directly contribute to food contamination or illness,occur when: Improper cooking, cooling and poor employee hygenic practices, etc.

    The non-critical violations, if left uncorrected, include a lack of facility cleanliness and maintenance or improper cleaning of equipment and utensils.

  2. blackedoutblog says:

    Group 2 (December 2009):

    Gabrielle Ash, Garrett Cullen, Casey Hofmann, Julia Day, Austin Sanders

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=103642549088533197556.00047ff7b1aeff5511663&z=10

    Our group decided to use in information to plot the restaurants in a color coded hierarchy of total critical and non-critical items found.

    For the user, the restaurants that had the lowest scores or were issued a notice are all laid out for east access.

    The map legend is:
    * Green: 0-5 Total Critical Items Found
    * Dark Blue: 5-10 Total Critical Items Found
    * Light Blue: 10-15 Total Critical Items Found
    * Yellow: 15-20 Total Critical Items Found
    * Red: 20+ Total Critical Items Found

    * Dot: Received no notice; no follow up needed
    * No dot: Establishment received a 10-day, 30-day or 24 hour notice

  3. blackedoutblog says:

    Group 1 (January 2010):

    Evan Moore, Brittany Nelson, Ray Zawodni, Heather Tawney, Travis Crum

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=103642549088533197556.00047ff7b1aeff5511663&z=10

    Our group decided to use in information to plot the restaurants in a color coded hierarchy of total critical and non-critical items found.

    For the user, the restaurants that had the lowest scores or were issued a notice are all laid out for east access.

    The map legend is:
    * Green: 0-5 Total Critical Items Found
    * Dark Blue: 5-10 Total Critical Items Found
    * Light Blue: 10-15 Total Critical Items Found
    * Yellow: 15-20 Total Critical Items Found
    * Red: 20+ Total Critical Items Found

    * Dot: Received no notice; no follow up needed
    * No dot: Establishment received a 10-day, 30-day or 24 hour notice

    • aaaaaargh says:

      January looks like it was a relatively safe time to eat in Morgantown. I was wondering why there was a non-critical definition but no non-critical data points, but then I saw you can click a point to get more info about this as well as follow-ups. Nice work!

  4. Group 3

    Chip Fontanazza, Ashley Alford, Rachel Davis, Kaitlynn Anderson and Greg Carey.

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=116007181538956212084.000480321a657555c88a1&z=12

    Food Establishment Inspection map for November 2009. Our map is set up like this. We have a color code for how many violations certain establishments have received: 0-5= green, 6-10= light blue/teal, 11-15= dark blue, 16-20= Yellow and 20+= red. In the description we have listed the number of violations each place has received and if they were critical or non-critical.

    If any of the bubbles have a dot in them it means the facility has five or more critical violations and people should seriously consider that before they go eat there.

  5. padenwyatt says:

    Sorry, that this is so so late. Internetting was a tough spot all last week and I didn’t remember this until last night. So here is all I’ve gotten. I sent invites to my partners. I’m hoping we jump on the ball soon.

    I’ll keep working on it up until before class.

  6. aaaaaargh says:

    Glad to see you taking initiative, Paden. Wish I could say the same for your groupmates.

  7. gavinwv says:

    Added a pages 2 and 3.

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