Which area had the most rentals of monthly or yearly apartments? How can you find the main bicycle routes taken by citizens riding to work? Which area needs more Safe Havens for Women?
The Seoul Metropolitan Government created a total of 311 “Seoul Policy Maps,” which cover areas closely related to the livelihood of Seoul’s citizens, including real estate, safety, jobs, and the environment. The maps were made available online via the Smart Seoul Map mobile application and on the Seoul Map website (http://gis.seoul.go.kr) on March 10.
The Seoul Policy Maps are collections of spatial big data—a combination of a variety of basic administrative data and GIS (geographic information system). The maps contain extensive data sets that have been analyzed from many different angles and visualized on-screen.
A total of 311 Seoul Policy Maps have been released to the public and organized under 15 themes and four policy goals: Safe Seoul (safety and relief), Hospitable Seoul (welfare and housing), Dreaming Seoul (economy and jobs), and Breathing Seoul (environment and transportation).
The maps visualize information that has been extracted from big data, consisting of about 76.8 million documents from 87 surveys in 24 categories, including Seoul’s census, public facilities, real estate transactions, and census on establishments..
The policy maps show the current status of various services and infrastructure at a glance; function as baseline data on which to determine the directions of important policies, such as identifying areas with high demand or places that require priority policy; and serve as data with which to carry out assessments that objectively and visually analyze policy effects.
As the status of areas before and after the implementation of policies is so easy to see on these policy maps, as well as on indices, citizens are able to easily understand and talk about the effects of implemented policies.
In addition to the policy maps, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has made all of the baseline data and analysis results available to the public. Citizens can download policy map files in PDF format for use as statistical data and form new opinions or conclusions by analyzing the maps in connection with other information or data sets.
Furthermore, the open policy maps contain a wide range of relevant information, such as introductions, analysis methodologies, and explanations, to make it fun for citizens to examine the maps and easier for them to understand the major policies implemented by the Seoul Metropolitan Government.
Examples of Policy Maps