Interactive Heat Map: Corruption across the World

The Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 has been released that it scores 177 countries and territories from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). An interactive heat map with popup boxes has been created:

According to the map, Denmark and New Zealand ranks 1st while Afghanistan, North Korea & Somalia ranks least in the ranking. The U.S. is the 19th least corrupt country, and 2/3 countries score below 50 that indicates how serious and wide spread the corruption is in our current society. Map users can hover the country region to see the ranking, this year and previous year’s scores in the the info boxes.

Map Reviews: 4/5 Stars
Clear heat map with popup infobox, map legend, and pleasant map color settings. Though there is still a minor suggestion for the map if option for enabling countries’ abbreviations is provided since not all the map users can immediately recognized specific country without labels.

Here is another image map for visualizing the data by different circles which darker red refers to higher corruption level. This chart has already categorized countries to different groups by the scores, and larger the circles size means more countries in that score level.


World Map: Internet Freedom

A world map about the internet freedom in 2013, which based on the report from Freedom House, has been created and published online.


Form the map, we can see that Middle East remain significantly not free, with Iran and Syria leading that list, while the United States, Australia, several European countries are marked as free. See if you are agree with the data and share your idea to us.

World Map: Road Kills across the Globe

Deaths caused by road accidents has already reached 1.24 million per year across the globe, and it will triple to 3.6 million per year by 2030, and road accidents will become the fifth leading cause of death in the developing countries, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) most recent Global Burden of Disease study. Here is an interactive world map that annotating roads kill percentage in each country, and detailed statistic chart can be seen when mouseover the regions, and full story can be seen when mouse click the markers.


Here are some highlights from the report and the map:

  • New York City, U.S., has made great strides in reducing traffic fatalities with its streets among the safest in the road.
  • Sweden is the industrialized country with the lowest roads kill.
  • Dramatically increased numbers of new drivers and vehicles on the road is the main course for the high road fatalities rate in Russia.
  • In Egypt, people died in road traffic crashes every year exceed the toll of those who died in the revolution.
  • In Liberia, 66% road fatalities were among pedestrians, which was the worst record among African countries.
  • The Dominican Republic is the most dangerous place to drive in the Americas, with nearly 42 fatalities per 100,000 in population.
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran has the worst driving record in the Middle East, with 34 deaths per 100,000 in population.
  • In the past, people in Nigeria can buy a driving license even you have not taken driving lessons and passed a test, so it is not surprising with the high roads kill percentage.
  • Philippines has just passed a new drunk driving law earlier in 2013, but fails to establish a legal blood alcohol content level for intoxication, and let’s see if roads kill can be reduced.


By the way, we find this world map very informative, which is not complicated to create.  First, you can easily find a world map template with all regions on the website, and then add mouseover information box, which text content, table and images, and external links can be inserted, to related regions. Finally, you can create heat map with map legend to indicate the road kills percentage in various countries.

Here is a video tutorial about creating heat map, and you can also create an informative world map that similar to the above one in few steps:

Possible Routes that Edward Snowden Would Take

After leaving Hong Kong, where did Edward Snowden go? There is speculation that he is somewhere in Moscow,  but it seemed that he did not take the flight to Moscow. Here is an interactive World Map that examines the potential routes Snowden would take after leaving Hong Kong, where conceivably willing to shield him from U.S, by using the data from Check the possible routes that he might take and see if you agree with it or not:

Video Tutorial: Create an Interactive HTML5 Pie Chart Map

Pie chart is used for demonstrating percentage of individual contribution in a whole set while each category is divided into sectors. Pie chart is widely used in the business world and the mass media that pie charts can be replaced in most cases by other plots such as the bar chart. Now, you can put the pie chart in the HTML5 maps for presentation different statistic results according to regions.

Here is a video tutorial about creating Bubble Chart in a few steps:

Interactive World Map: Freedom Predators

An interactive Google Map about the “Freedom Predators” has been created by Reporters Without Borders, based on the report released in 2013, accompanied the World Press Freedom Day last week.

The clickable Google Map has pinpointed those political predators, and details have been inserted into the pins. Red pins indicate newly added predators while the green pins indicates the removed predators.

Some people have commented that new predators are mainly in Asia and Middle East (e.g. Kim Jongun from North Korea, Xi Jinping from China). Click on the map to get the full picture of the current world politic condition now!



Clickable Heat Map: Countries with Travel Warnings

clickable-world-map-countries-with-travel-warningAn interactive heat map was created, which based on the advice from DFAIT, to display the safety index of different countries. Travelers should check the map, especially those advice in the infobox before planning their trips.

According to the advice from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, travelers should avoid all travel in several countries, include North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Ethiopia, Niger, and more. Countries like Pakistan and Libya are not recommended for travel either, while countries in North America and Europe are recommended.

Click on the image to get the details.