Before starting this effort, we wanted to ascertain if there is a need for use case to further invest in this visual.
Is there a civic need for citizens to understand the constitution? Imagine driving a car without knowing the rules of how to behave on the road. Similarly, many of us live our lives as citizens without knowing the commonly agreed upon rules by which we have to live as citizens.
Is there an audience for this? We know from the prototype in 2015 that students find the visual very useful. So how many students or experts are there who study the constitution?
- There are a million registered advocates, 950 law schools and half a million law students in the country. Every year, approximately 60,000 law graduates join the legal profession. (Source: http://www.barcouncilofindia.org/about/about-the-bar-council-of-india/vision-statement-2011-13/)
- Union Public Service Commission Secretary Ashim Khurana is quoted in March 2019 in an Indian Express Article — A total of 9,44,926 candidates applied for the examination and of these, 6,80,455 downloaded their admit cards for appearing in the test. A total of 4,51,602 candidates took the examination at 2,137 centres in 59 cities (Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/over-4-5- lakh-students-appear-for-upsc-preliminary-exam)
Have others built similar apps?
- The US Constitution App by Ken Hunt has more than 1 million Downloads.
- There are 16 apps on Constitution of India in the iOS App Store. There are over 150 apps in the Android Playstore with over 400k downloads.
We collected data from http://legislative.gov.in/ and tagged each line of the constitution using an identifier which helps browser detect which amendment was the line added or removed. The data annotation is attached.
No specific analysis was done on top of the data.
Changes: The design was inspired from Microsoft Word’s track changes feature where additions are displayed in blue color and deletions are displayed as strikethrough.
Heatmap: From constitution-of-india.pykih.com, we retained the heat map of articles to show how often has each article changed.
The Prime Ministers and amendments could be plotted on a timeline.
Finally, two versions of the constitution need to be shown next to each other for easy comparison.
The final visual design is —