CitizMap – Integrated e-mapping and visualisation services for citizens, researchers and policymakers

The CitizMap project will be developing a visualisation application to alleviate difficulties with the presentation of statistical data and analyse data efficiently, and this application will be available to the public.

There has been increasing demand over the past few years for statistics relating to social, demographic and economic data of cities with a view to monitoring and analysing labour, welfare, income, environmental and other trends. This is particularly true for Tallinn, with its strong economic position. Several other big cities share this need for improved information services. The main problem is this regard is that the city of Tallinn has been incapable of presenting statistics in a coherent manner.

In CitizMap, a project funded by Vinnova 2011-2013, HUMlab, Tallinn City, Regio Ltd. (a private mapping and IT company) and the Social Science Research Institute at the University of Iceland will be developing a visualisation application that will alleviate difficulties with the presentation of statistical data and analyse data efficiently, and this application will be available to the public.

User-friendly data

The application developed will be an innovative statistical data collection and presentation system and address the needs of different users, and its functionality and design will be user-friendly. The data involved includes general statistical data and geographic information such as traditional quantitative and qualitative data relating to population, households, economy, the labour market, the environment, etc. Geographic information may include terrain and land use information as well as information on traffic and transport. It will also include data relating to services, such as the number of schools, hospitals, nurseries, swimming pools and so forth. All this data can be combined with territorial aspects: for instance, the system can show the number of children in a certain school within a given district. Data relating to free places at these schools can also be integrated, and so this system is of practical value to citizens looking for suitable schools in the areas in which they live.

CitizMap has three target user groups: the general public (students, citizens, the media), informed users (research institutes, NGOs) and expert users (research institutes, NGOs, government agencies). The information available will be tailored to each of the three groups.

Contact person at HUMlab: Fredrik Palm - fredrik.palm@humlab.umu.se