Years of transportation research done by IMSC makes an impact in different disciplines and society. The most comprehensive database ever assembled on Los Angeles traffic is now accessible to drivers, journalists and policymakers, via a user-friendly platform built by IMSC. Thanks to collaboration between IMSC and the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, the project, “Crosstown Traffic,” provides new insights on congestion, road accidents and public transportation from 2012-2016.
Integrated Media Systems Center and USC Annenberg School of Journalism have teamed up to analyze IMSC’s massive and ever-growing traffic database. Traffic data, particularly in a city such as this one, is unique in its ability to send us signals about the economy, quality of life, safety, and social and economic status in Los Angeles. Each team br unique skills to this endeavor. The expertise of IMSC researchers in computer science, data management and statistics was essential in the curating and codifying of millions of bits of information. The Annenberg side was charged with figuring out what questions the data might be able to answer and what stories it might be able to tell us about the city we live in.