Desaparecidos

Desaparecidos

Organisation: El Universal México/El Tiempo Colombia (Mexico)

Publication Date: 04/10/2016

Size of team/newsroom:large

Description

Missing is a project of The Universal Data, Mexico, and the Data Unit El Tiempo, Colombia, which seeks to count the number of people missing in each of these countries over the last decade, showing an increase of statistics in recent years and narrate the stories of how they disappeared. The database used in the Mexican case, is published by the federal government through the National Registry of Persons Missing or Disappeared (RNEPD). Missing has the latest information about disappearances in Mexico. These figures will be updated by the El Universal Data as often as possible. Contributions of any kind that can improve the quality of our data will be well received, because at the moment we are working only with the figures provided by the federal government. They can send from new data, links to news and multimedia or new information on existing cases. This information will be processed by the El Universal Data to determine the best way to present it.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

During the government of Felipe Calderon (2006-2012), the federal government decided to take direct strategy against organized crime, this brought a situation of excessive violence in several parts of the country and also countless cases of missing persons began to emerge from the earth. Every day someone disappeared in Mexico. In 2011 several civil organizations began to raise their voices and ask to look for the missing. In that year the RNEPD, an agency of the Ministry of the Interior (Interior Ministry) emerged, but its database feeds only on the preliminary investigations existing local prosecutors. That is: No complaint. No disappeared. This lack of basic data has become more evident amid protests, riots and an international debate on the case of the disappearance of the 43 students of the Normal Rural School Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, occurred in the early hours of September 26, 2014. Missing seeks to contribute to a better public debate and analysis on disappearances in Mexico in the last ten years and visualize all cases alike. That is why that having a country with 31 states and the Federal District, 32 different regions, we also have 32 stories of the almost 26 000 registered by the government.

Technologies used for this project:

The project used D3 ( http://d3js.org/ ) for interactive graphics . The advantage of using this program is that it helps make modifications without any problem and according to user needs . Another advantage is that we could make the same maps both Mexico and Colombia without any problem, as the appropriate mapping, shapefiles and visualizations in D3 allowed conformed to the project. Organize all this information in json and create files in HTML 5 was instrumental in developing the full project. The narrative was all the time the team exchanged between Mexico and Colombia.

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