Speaking on the occasion, Director of the portal Dr RK Thukral said that: "In January we had established our in-house GIS Lab and started analyzing election results up to village and polling station level with the help of GIS maps. Geographical Information System or commonly called as GIS has traditionally been used as a tool in several fields and one of these is location-based analysis of election results."
The GIS based analysis, on one hand, provides a relevant technology to analyse the outcomes of elections so far as post-election analysis is concerned and, on the other, provides the essential inputs for pre-electioneering processes and strategic planning etc. The utility of GIS technology based election analysis can also help monitoring various administrative management in elections. However, this is very tedious and manpower-centric job but with the past experience of data collection and its analysis, GIS have successfully prepared certain reports which are unique in nature and perhaps the first of its kind in India.
Dr Thukral further briefed the media that ElectionsinIndia.com offers easy to understand analysis reports with the features like, proper mapping of villages and towns under a parliamentary or state legislative assembly, for post delimitation period 2008; demographic profile of a particular constituency; village and town-wise thematic maps showing various demographic attributes, for example : estimated religion, schedule caste, schedule tribe population and literacy.
Electoral Profile of a particular constituency with time-series graphical presentations; village and town-wise thematic maps for various electoral attributes, for example : distribution of winning, runner up parties, estimated religion, schedule caste and schedule tribe dominated locations and party-position therein, distribution of winning and runner parties in locations showing above and below average polling percentage; village and town-wise, two-point vote difference and swing analysis supported with maps and graphs; polling station (booth) level analysis, supported with graphs; supporting data sheets; report in print and digital formats.
Presently, ElectionsinIndia.com is preparing comparative analysis reports, based on the last held parliament and assembly elections, for the state legislative assemblies of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi, keeping in view the forthcoming state assembly elections in these states. Similar election analysis reports for parliamentary elections of major states are also under process. Customized analysis, depending upon the availability of demographic and electoral data, can also be provided on request.
Datanet India to offer geospatial analysis of election results
Datanet India launched its first web portal www.indiastat.com in 2000 and since then has increased its services many fold. Indiastat.com, which is perhaps the most comprehensive e-resource of socio-economic statistical data about India and her states, is now a cluster of 56 associate sites, out of which 6 web sites are region-specific, 19 web sites are sector-specific and 30 web sites are state-specific. In January 2010, the company introduced www.districtsofindia.com which is a storehouse of authentic socio-economic district level statistical information for the country.
Out of 642 districts of India as per the census 2011, the statistical data for 620 districts for all the major categories have been presented on DistrictsofIndia.com and it is now a cluster of 660 independent web sites. Besides, the company has also published e-books.
Briefing on the occasion, company's Managing Director Madan Bahal appraised the media that Datanet India with its 720 web sites that include data about India, its sectors, regions, states and districts, rendered its unique services to the socio-economic research fraternity in India and abroad for the last 12 years. Recently, the effort of Datanet India has been recognized by Limca Book of Records-2013 for having the largest cluster of websites providing socio-economic statistical data.