An XML-based Taiwan Social Map (Preliminary Report)

author: Yi-Hong Chang and Tyng-Ruey Chuang
publication date: August 2001
cite this with: Yi-Hong Chang and Tyng-Ruey Chuang. An XML-based Taiwan Social Map (Preliminary Report). Technical Report TR-IIS-01-014, Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica. August 2001.
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category: XML and Web Technologies
tag: Data Visualization, Online Aggregation, Population Statistics and Mapping, SVG, Web, XML
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We report our experience in building Taiwan Social Map: 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. We report here the problems we encountered in building the system and the solutions we adapted. We also briefly discuss issues related to datasets acquisition and exchange.

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