Minneapolis Police Department responds to data format questions



By By Alan Palazzolo and Kaeti Hinck, MinnPost

“While looking for August crime reports yesterday to update our Minneapolis crime app, we found a note that stated that the Minneapolis Police Department will no longer be releasing their monthly reports in an Excel format:

Do to issues with the Excel formats we will no longer be posting them.

This came as a surprise as we recently launched our crime application based around data in these Excel files. The MPD releases PDF reports as well, but PDFs are not actually data formats and are harder to work with when creating structured datasets.”

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