For a great lesson on how data visualization can creates new insight, take a late night stroll through the last 90 days of Chicago crime. Often sited as one of the great mashups, this site slices and maps local crime statistics and provides a more nomalized view of day-to-day lawbreaking than WGN news. NYTs voted it most influential mashup of 2005, and it won journalism's Batten prize. Type in your home or office address and be prepared to disappear for an hour.
Adrian's day job in Chicago is overseeing editorial innovations at Washingtonpost/Newsweek Interactive - primarily identifying site improvements and tackling special projects (see their browsable database of Congressional Votes). Previously he was lead developer at World Online whose award winning sites included LJWorld.com, KUSports.com and Lawrence.com. Other side projects include leading development on Django, a Python framework.
Dimensions: 1 person x 2 years x $N/A
Customers: Local citizens, police, national gapers
Location: Chicago [19th District] + www.chicagocrime.org