‘MAPEO TENTATIVO DE GUETOS CRIMINALES DE LA CIUDAD’ is the first approach of Santiago Rodríguez, Isabella Arango Restrepo, and John Jiménez Gómez to designing a map of Medellín that indicates the areas where organized crime are more likely to be present in the mediation of conflict and in social life. By crossing data from five different sources, the researchers focused on finding patterns indicating where illegal activities in the city would be more likely to occur. To do so, they adopted a methodology that treated the information in a complete way. Business and data understanding, data preparation, modeling, evaluation, and deployment were all imbricated in a sequential workflow that would provide an accurate perspective of the data.
Casa de las Estrategias, in this collaboration with the project DECODIFICANDO LA VIGILANCIA, CONVIVENCIA Y SEGURIDAD not only offered –together with SISC– the data used in the article, but as a proponent of the project also had its leadership in close contact with the researchers. Specialists in security and surveillance were also part of it, teaching the group about Medellín’s criminal social context. The combination of data analysis with a qualitative perspective of the issue is highlighted by the authors as an important step in comprehending the results of this mapping, once the analysis demonstrated tendencies and correlations between data from 2009 to 2022. An example is the observation of proximity between family violence cases and reported emergency calls.
DECODIFICANDO LA VIGILANCIA, CONVIVENCIA Y SEGURIDAD EN MEDELLÍN is a research-focused project that analyzed and visualized data on security and surveillance in Medellín. 20 young researchers from different fields were divided into six groups, led by a mentor. In collaboration with the Center of Political Analysis of the EAFIT University and the Edgelands Institute, the participants worked weekly for 8 sessions from 02/03 to 27/04/2022 reflecting on how data can improve local dialog and public policies in the city. Both the questions and the data were provided by Colombian institutions concerned with security issues, such as the House of Strategies (Casa de las Estrategias) and the Information System for Security and Social Coexistence (Sistema de Información para la Seguridad y la Convivencia - SISC).