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Mapping the credit crunch

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Jennifer Tracey | 12:53 UK time, Tuesday, 29 April 2008


We like this idea of crowdsourcing - where we recruit you in an act of journalism to help us create a picture of an aspect of UK life.

On the blog last week we mentioned that we wanted to experiment with mood maps. We're working with CASA (Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) based at the University College London, who've developed MapTube, a map-sharing website.

In a totally unscientific study that makes no claims to be anything other than a (potentially) interesting experiment, we want to create a mood map of the credit crunch. And we hope to use it to inform our journalism.

We're asking you what single factor is hurting you most about the credit crunch?

Follow this link to the MapTube website to take part

Already done it? View the map as it grows

UPDATE: View the Northern Ireland map. Apologies not to have this sooner. We explain why here.

You can choose from six options and will be asked for the first part of your postcode - that's it. It should take less than a minute to complete and the map is updated every 30 minutes.

You won't be asked for any personal information and what you do submit won't be used for any other purpose.

As ever, let us know what you think or suggest questions you'd like us to ask in the future. Leave comments below or email us.

And for those of you who want to know a bit more -

  • The map will obviously be blank at first and take a little time to populate.

  • As the online form takes only the first part of your postcode, a number of streets/larger area than just your house will be shaded when you submit your answer.

  • It works on a first past the post system so if 800 people select mortgage and 799 select food - mortgage will display on the map. But, depending on the numbers taking part, we might try and break this down further and represent in more detail at a later date.

  • The MapTube website also allows you to take other information and lay the maps on top of each other - try it out in this section of the MapTube website.

If you have questions, drop us a line.

UPDATE: There's a pie-chart showing a break-down of the stats on
Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith at CASA's Digital Urban blog.

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