We have been working on a running list of existing sites that either (1) include interactive maps or (2) deal with the real estate market. Available here.

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Here is a picture of the boys trying to decipher the streets of Bangalore, still a major roadblock.

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Betsy has been playing with some concepts for a user interface, loosely based on the popular website, Zillow. Obviously our final site will be much different, but good work Betsy!

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With our trip to India quickly approaching, our team has agreed to meet much more frequently. Our usual Thursday night (or Friday AM IST) meeting has been moved to Tuesday night (Wednesday AM IST). We have been researching existing mapping websites, organizing our timeline, and attempting to match Indian road maps. Shriya’s project timeline has been incredibly helpful in making our project manageable. Malcolm had an informative meeting with Joyojeet, and is sharing some more project management tips with us tonight.

The above image is from the google spreadsheet Betsy made to organize the precedence she found online. The tools column is going to be especially helpful as we try to push our final project from merely functional to innovative and game-changing. Every team member has expressed interest in pushing this project, and we cannot wait to test our ideas.

Lots of exciting developments have occurred since our last update! We have a technical document, a wonderful intern, and DATA! With the completion of our technical document, the project is becoming more clear. However, we still have some questions about who will be using our finished product. We have created two hypothetical personas, but are less confident in one of the two.

Our team grew with the addition of Anisha, who will be working remotely with us from India. We had our first skype call recently, and look forward to working with Anisha in the future. She seems like an incredibly valuable addition.

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Tonight, the entire UofM team will be skyping with the complete India team, including both organizations and all of our advisors. Hopefully, the rest of our questions will be cleared up, and we will be able to move forward even more. Go team!

Our first task has been to create a scoping document that will outline the work to come. To begin, we set out clear roles for each team member and designated tasks. The scope of our mapping will be three administrative regions in Bangalore. The city is divided into 5 district registration offices (DROs), each consisting of 4 to 5 sub-registrar offices (SROs). Our final deliverable will display data from 3 DROs in 3 different SROs.

Our preliminary workflow is as follows. First, we will determine what info we need to store as well as the format of this data. The basic data involves (at least) property prices. We will work to determine other values that can be added to existing data if necessary. Next, we will visualize prices in ArcMap, most likely as a layer. Our main challenge here is to display the point data on a map of Bangalore. We need a way of joining our pricing data to geographical location. Creation of SRO boundaries (vector data) may be required. By completing this step we can ensure that our data is accurate by allowing our technical partners to validate it. Finally, we will work with our partners, primarily Anisha Nazareth, to develop a web-based mapping tool. The exact format of this is to be determined, but our goal is to develop an easy to use & transparent system.

Our scoping document also includes how we will deal with conflicts and barriers to our progress. It seems like our team is prepared for whatever comes, and we are so excited to start work!