Taiwan Social Map

An XML-based Taiwan Social Map

Taiwan Social Map is an XML-based Web system for interactive exploration of Taiwan population datasets. Our motivation in building such a system is to evaluate the feasibility of using XML technologies, with currently available free software tools and systems, to prepare, markup, process, and visualize socioeconomic datasets about Taiwan population. The goal is to cultivate our technological expertise in processing complex datasets, and to build a system that is actually useful to social science researchers. The Taiwan Social Map system currently combines the 1990 national census dataset (about 20,000,000 survey records) with a detailed administration boundary map (with more than 7,000 contours of villages and precincts). It allows interactive visualization of summary statistics of the census data on the administration map, and is very easy to use and exchange.


System Demo

Due to some technical difficulties, we don't maintain Taiwan Social Map System anymore. Here are some snapshots which can let you see how it was look like.


Client Side

To use Taiwan Socail Map, you need a Web Browser which can render EMCAScript, HTML 4.0 and SVG (via plug-in). We have tested our system on various platefroms and softwares, we recommend you use Mozilla (0.9.*) with Adobe SVG View (3.0).

please download Mozilla and Adobe SVG Viewer in their official web site:

for Linux User: adobe only realeased beta version for Linux, there may be some bugs but it still works in our system, please download from http://www.adobe.com/svg/viewer/install/old.html

Server Side

Taiwan Social Map is an Open Source project, we use open source softwares to construct this sytem and will release our source code, too. The softwares we used in our server are:

Source Code

0.2.2 source code download (tar.gz incl.Document-Object-Model for PHP written by Dietmar Glachs) ; how to use


Author: Chang, YiHong. Chuang, TyngZuan.

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