Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Everything back to normality

Great news!
We are online at full capacity.
New maps can be created and users can log in or register again

 See you at www.

TargetMap under maintenance

Sorry folks but for a little while it will not be possible to register nor create new maps in TargetMap. 
Due to countless visits TargetMap capacity is overloaded. We are upgrading servers to improve our web performance.
We will be back to normality as soon as possible.
Sorry for the inconveniences.

Monday, March 21, 2011

More than a million visitors in less than a week

The last few days have been crazy.

Last week we published a map about the nuclear crisis in Japan with the information from the Nuclear Safety Division, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Disaster Prevention Network for Nuclear Environments (
The map is being updated regularly, at least twice per day.

And then, out of nothing, we started getting visitors from everywhere.
A total of 560,000 (so far) from 200 different countries have seen this map.

And people have started creating their own maps and publishing them any place they want.

Our maps have been shown or quoted in:
There have been more than one and a half million visitors in less than a week.
This is exactly why we released TargetMap, to let people share knowledge through maps everywhere in the world. 

Thanks to everyone that has helped spreading the maps and information no matter how (webs, blogs, social media…)

We’ll keep improving TargetMap to make it even a better platform to share your knowledge.

TargetMap as a collaborative platform

TargetMap wants to be a collaborative platform. So any advice or help from any of you is well received.

Here you have two recent examples.

Regarding the map of Japan Radiation Maximum by Prefecture we received this mail (only relevant text is quoted, the mail was larger and very polite)

First, I think your scale may get into the “danger zone” indicated using the colors yellow, orange, and red a little too quickly. For example, Shizuoka is shown as being orange, which appears to mean something like “getting dangerous”. However, the historical data from the same data set for stations in Shizuoka show that 90 nGy/hr is the baseline in that area, with fluctuations of up to 100 in the pre-accident data. (For example, see the data for Nakamachi Omaezaki City and click on 90 [last 90 days]. Unfortunately, this historical data is only available in Japanese.)
Based on the historical data, it seems that readings up to around 100 nGy/hr are considered “normal”, so it may be better to set that level as green in the map scale. I think that the current scale runs the danger of provoking fear that may not be warranted among foreigners living in the yellow and orange areas.
Second, the notes on left hand side of the map say “Miyagi and Fukushima are completely N/A, as every single reading is Under Survey, also known as censored”. It’s possible that they are being censored, but it may also be that these stations were destroyed or lost power in the tsunami, as all of them are located within a few kilometers of the coast. (See Geir’s map to view the locations of the stations.) You may want to add that information to the map notes as well.”

As a result of this email, we have modified the values of the ranges and the explanation text as we think this user is completely right in his remarks

Another example of collaboration are users that send us maps of countries that are still not available in

Last week, one wonderful user (I would say friend) sent us the map of Slovenia in an .shp file. We hope we’ll be able to implement it during this week and everyone will benefit from his collaboration.

So, do not hesitate, if you have any advice, comment or anything you want to tell us just do it at