Use Crowdsourced Maps to Improve Women’s Safety in India

Women’s safety is always one of the important issues in India, and now you can help to improve the situation by using various crowdsourced maps.
interactive corwdsourcing google map sexual harassment or abuse in india

The above crowdsourced map displays all reported sexual harassment and abuse in public areas in India, and welcome anonymous reports from map users.  Map users can mouse click the inserted link “More Information” for the full story, and leave comment for it.
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You can filter the pins on the map by selecting specific categories in the legend.

There are many ways to contribute the map, for example buy using mobile app, sending an email, filling the form on the website, or even sending a tweet with hashtag (#pinthecreep / #safecity).

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Another crowdsourced map, HarassMap-Mumbai, is specifically for citizens in Mumbai. Similar to the previous one, map users can see more information by clicking the inserted URL, can filter pins by clicking selection in the categories legend, and send report to the map administrator. However, this map supports an additional feature, timeline.

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Map users can filter data by selecting specific period, and currently the time frame is from August 2013 to January 2014.

Some may think these maps could not really help to reduce the sexual harassment nor make the regions safer,but the ultimate purpose of these maps is to encourage women to speak out and flight for their rights.

However, these maps are not comprehensive enough as the maps depend entirely the number of people with access to the internet, or use smart phone, and it needs time for approval before showing the location on the map.

There is other ways for creating crowdsourced maps that map users can submit report directly on the map, and map administer still got the right to monitor/control the submitted pins.
Related articles for crowdsourced maps:
Video Tutorial: How to Create Crowdsourced Maps
Crowdsourced Map for Wedding Invitation

It is believed that more similar maps would be launched in India and different countries as crowdsourcing is always one of the best and quickest way to collect first hand information.

Interactive Heat Map: Global Slavery Index 2013

According to the Walk Free Foundation’s Global Dlacery Index 2013, there are nearly 30 million slaves in the world, and almost 60,000 of them are living in the U.S. Here is an interactive world map about the index.

According to the Walk Free, slavery defines as one of the following: human trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage, and the sale or exploitation of children including in armed conflict.

The index ranks 162 countries based on a combined measure of three factors: estimated prevalence of modern slavery by population, a measure of child marriage, and a measure of human trafficking in and out of a country.

The index is mapped into two maps: an interactive heat map & an interactive bubble chart. In the heat map, country with higher slavery prevalence is highlighted with darker red while country with lower slavery prevalence is highlighted with yellow. Map users could see details of each country by mouse clicking the region, or select specific category in the category legends.

In the bubble chart, countries are being plotted on the chart according to their prevalence rank vs human development index/financial service index/corruption index. However, there is no popup box of each bubble for detailed information, and no map legend to indicate various bubble sizes that a bit confuse the map users.

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According to the index, 10 countries with the highest prevalence of slavery are Mauritania, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Moldova, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Gabon. Among all the above mentioned countries, India has the most slaves in the world, with an approximated 14 million. 

However, even countries like Iceland, Ireland, and the United Kingdom rank 160 in the index, it does not mean these countries are slavery free, for example, it is estimated there are between 4200 to 4600 “slaves” in the UK.

Map Review: 4.5/5 Stars
We love this map as the map design is simple but informative with clear instruction and indications for users to filter related information in seconds.
There are just minor suggestions to the bubble chart:

  • add a map legend to indicate the bubble sizes
  • insert infobox for each bubble for detailed information

Alternatively, showing data of each country with bubble can be presented on the world map rather than on the chart. Bubble chart map can be easily created in mapping software that you may take following video for reference:

Heat Map: World Acceptance Towards Homosexual

Last year we have shared several maps about homosexual, and we have also created an interactive heat map for showcasing world acceptance towards homosexual. Today, we have found another heat maps for more information.

Here is a heat map, which was created by Pew Research Center after interviewing around 38000 interviewees from 39 countries from March to May last year, showing which countries accept homosexuality while which do not. In the map, the darker red represents lower acceptance while the greener represents higher acceptance.

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This heat map is similar to our interactive heat map that created in last June that countries like Canada, Australia, and Argentina.

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Map Reviews: 3/5 Stars
The map cannot display the whole picture of the world acceptance towards homosexual as only little amount of people from 39 countries have participated in the research, and people from many countries, like India, have not been interviewed.
There is also a minor suggestion towards the above heat map that heat map legend is needed for indicating the heat map colors.

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Heat map: Temples in India

“Toilets first, temples later.” After sharing the Toilet Map in India, here we share another heat map: Temple Map. The map shows the percentage of occupied census houses in a state/union territory identified as a place of worship.

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Additionally, we have received inquiries about creating heat map using India map template. Here we have prepared a video tutorial about quickly setting up a heat map using map template in a minute:

India: Toilet Map

In India, issue about lack of toilet facilities in much of the country has been brought out recently. Here we found an India heat map about the toilet availability in local households, that the map presents why India needs “toilets first and temples later.” From the below map, we can see that more than half of the nation’s households still do not have toilet facilities in their homes.
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Crisis mapping: Aid Indians from the 2013 Uttarakhand Flooding

Recent Uttarakhand Flooding in northern India have already claimed at least 800 lives while the ongoing bad weather is affecting the rescue process. An interactive crisis map has been created to crowdsource information for better manage the aftermath of this flooding.

This online crisis map, which contains information about rescued people, cleared areas, people stranded, relief camps, medical centres, road networks and so on, is set up by the Google Crisis Response team. People around the world are welcome to contribute information by contacting uttarakhand-crisis@googlegroups.com. Check the clickable crisis map for the details:
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Crisis mapping is the real-time gathering, display and analysis data during a crisis, for example natural disaster or social/political conflict. Public and crisis responders can all contribute information either remotely or from the site of the crisis, and the benefit of it is that it can increase situation awareness and improve data management.

Create Interactive Asian Map – Marketing Branches in Asian Countries

iMapBuilder HTML5 Map Builder has launched the map template of Asian countries, including China, Japan and India. Since there are increasing inquiry about creating branch location map for Asian regions, we have created a sample map for the reference.

You can first highlight the specific regions, and then pinpoint locations with markers. You can distinguish the locations by using different marker icon (i.e. bigger red icon represents the Head Office in Hong Kong). Infobox with the information of the branches can be inserted to each markers, and you can also customize the infobox style that suit your map / company image.

More Asian map templates are coming out, and please look forward to it.