This interactive portal is part of my ongoing research on longing and belonging in contemporary Lucknow, and condenses several maps developed throughout my fieldwork under a shared interface. More on these different layers and on the stories they tell can be found in blog posts on city boundaries, population & gender, party strongholds, Muslim population, religion and elections, the experimental Shia/Sunni breakdown (incl. processions and historic change), and real estate (incl. the effect of bureaucratic collusion). Start by clicking on the map, select layers, mark one as interactive, scroll to zoom, pan around, have fun:
Technically, most of the mapping is done with Quantum GIS and TileMill and delivered through MapBox hosts. Sources of spatial data are explained in detail in the blog posts listed above, but let me acknowledge them again, in alphabetical order: Census of India, MapMyIndia, MODIS, OpenStreetMap and Shrishti UP. Non-spatial data in turn is largely courtesy of Census of India and Election Commission of India. The "Streets" background layer finally is provided by MapBox Light based on OSM data.
For the time being, I designed this portal mostly for myself, and will likely add new layers and features while my research progresses. If you find the maps useful, though, or would like to see something different, feel free to drop me a line.