In which countries of the world are the forum users located?

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Hi,

I agree with Carol that it would be better to show % of each country's population that is a Forum member.

I am also surprised that a base map that shows Greenland as bigger than Africa was chosen (if we are trying to be politically correct). Here is a map that shows all countries in the correct size proportion to one another:
www.petersmap.com/

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Hi,

Great job on the map, it's really informative!

I wonder if it would also be useful if there's a data on which members are in which country? I think it can be useful for the forum users, especially if there's only small number of user in the member's country.

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Re: In which countries of the world are the forum users located?

Thank you Carol, Chris and Ivan for your feedback on the user map!

Chris, I have good news for you! Steffen looked into the issue of different map projections and he has now chosen this one, it's called "kavrayskiy-vii" projection:



See also here on the forum page:
forum.susana.org/forum/statistics?task=map

As Steffen wrote to me:

The last topic I found for google geochart: "Hello, the projections feature is still not quite polished in some cases, which is why it hasn't been announced yet. We currently support 4 projections: 'mercator', 'albers', 'lambert', and 'kavrayskiy-vii'. "
So for our map the last option (kavrayskiy-vii) is best choice is a great mixture between "politically correct" and common display like what people know


Looks pretty good to me.

About the "density" of SuSanA members per country (i.e. members per inhabitants), well that could be done in theory but keep in mind we are not doing a scientific analysis here. It's just meant to be a snapshot and we are not trying to get above a certain %-value for membership in each country. But if anyone is interested in this data, they can easily calculate it for themselves. :-)

About displaying the names of people in countries. Here I can't speak for the secretariat, perhaps Trevor or Shobana will reply on this soon. My personal opinion is that it shouldn't be made generally available for data privacy reasons. But if someone has a specific reason - e.g. trying to organise a local SuSanA meeting - then I would suggest contact the SuSanA secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and perhaps they can make it available for a very defined purpose, or they could e-mail the members in that country and give them the opt-out function if they don't want to be contacted by that member. But this is just my personal suggestion, not an official answer by the secretariat.

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Re: In which countries of the world are the forum users located?

Dear Sinaga and other forum members,

It would not be possible to display country- specific member details due to data protection. However, like Elisabeth suggested, we would consider specific requests for obtaining such information and see how we can proceed further.


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Re: In which countries of the world are the forum users located?

Hi,

Thanks, Elisabeth and Steffen. This projection is much better.

What are the black splotches to the east of Bhutan and to the north of India? (It looks like the greatest concentrations of members are hidden in secret valleys in the Himalayas. Are they in some Sanitation Shangrilas??)

Numbers under 100 seem too light and sort of look like zero. (Maybe a logarithmic scale could be good??)

I think it would be enough to search the database for members in certain countries (without them being named on the map). And this is a key function, as we could often want to know who is in a given country to deal with sanitation issues there.

Sorry, Steffen, that I always seem to be suggesting more work for you ... but we do not want you to get bored, right? ;)

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Re: In which countries of the world are the forum users located?

Dear Chris,

The map has black blotches when you view it in Chrome or Firefox. This is because of a browser issue. In IE, the map looks like this.




From here you can see that the zones coloured in black has nothing to do with member concentration. To the best of my knowledge, they are the disputed regions (parts of Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh) between India, Pakistan and China.

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