“Smart Seoul Map” (city life map) is a digital map that visualizes administrative information that was in a document format like Excel documents so that it can be easily viewed at a glance. You can view it directly on PCs and smartphones without installing a separate program. Currently, 93 thematic maps, including those about children protection zones, vegetarian restaurants, and unmanned civil service machines, are being provided, and information is also shared with private map services (e.g. NAVER Map, Kakao Map).
The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) explained that it will be providing three new kinds of maps in order to encourage citizens’ smart consumer spending to help small businesses facing difficulties due to COVID-19, improve access to information for foreigners to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and enhance the convenience of vulnerable pedestrians.
○ Consumer-Friendly Map: “Good Influence Stores” are a voluntary organization of stores that provide meals for free to vulnerable children who use a meal service card. “We Save Stores” are stores that participate in the Save the Children’s donation campaign, which donates a portion of the monthly profits. The SMG has plans to provide a map not only for Seoul, but also across the country to encourage good consumer spending.
|Map of Good Influence Store (nationwide service)||Map of We Save Store (nationwide service)|
○ Pedestrian Path Accessibility: Various routes from a nearby subway station to the destination will be evaluated as “Good” (recommended), “Normal” (accompanied), and “Bad” (not recommended) so that the information can be used by vulnerable pedestrians, who usually have difficulties when performing outdoor activities due to a lack of information, when choosing a walking trail. In particular, this map was one of the 2020 Seoul-type New Deal Job projects. Young people who participated in the project investigated more than 60 pedestrian paths in person.
|Map of Walking Trails for Vulnerable Pedestrians||(Detailed view) Near Yeouido Park|
○ Multilingual Maps of Designated Screening Clinics: In order for foreigners to easily find the designated screening centers and temporary screening centers, the SMG has created the maps in three languages (i.e. English, Chinese, Japanese), and offers the maps on its official foreign language website (http://english.seoul.go.kr). The SMG will continue to discover various themes to enhance the information accessibility of foreigners living in Seoul while providing the information on the urban maps.
|Map of COVID-19 Temporary Screening Clinics (English)|
|(Chinese) Near Dongdaemun-gu Office||(Japanese) Near City Hall|
|Designated Screening Clinic Temporary Screening Clinic|
The SMG is preparing various types of urban maps, including locations of Kkachi On (Seoul’s public WiFi) and kiosks for addressing the digital gaps. The SMG has a goal of improving the quality of life of citizens by discovering information on everyday life that is required by citizens and updating the maps.
Moreover, the SMG will be introducing the new visualizing service for enhancing the readability and usability of maps starting on Thu, Feb. 25, 2021. Various functions will be added to the existing points, lines, and surfaces to effectively show the density of facilities and the scale of services.
Currently, facilities including buildings are marked as “points,” paths including walking trails as “lines,” and zones including urban regeneration zones as “surfaces” on the maps. From now on, the “lines” will be varied into straight, curved, dotted, and flowing, so that readers can visually get the meaning of information immediately.
For instance, the method of “heatmap” which shows the density of facilities with colors will be applied to show at a glance the density of facilities that are installed throughout the city, such as daycare centers and civil service kiosks. The scale of free public WiFi services will be marked through the “buffer” feature.
The SMG will be using software for professionals to introduce the visualizing functions that have been used restrictively so that citizens can also use those functions. It is expected to be used by various users, including regular citizens and city and district officials who are in charge of local administrative affairs.