The world map used in the visualisation of the approximately
1000 projects that are part of SI-DRIVE can be
with the left mouse button or by touch
and zoomed into by scrolling or double-clicking
Every project is mapped to one particular city – usually the
city a project originated in or operates from. In cases
where a project does not have one specific city but rather
only a country as "home base", the geographical centre of
the country in question is used to "pin" the project
in place. Countries containing projects
are painted a colour; greyed-out areas signify countries
where there are no projects.
The dots on the world map represent the cities in
which projects are located. Hovering the mouse over a dot
causes its corresponding city name to appear in the
small statistics box at the bottom right of the visualisation,
which, at other times, shows the project count
for all visualised cases.
Clicking on a city dot causes the country the city
is situated in to get highlighted in a different colour.
At the same time, a scrollable popup
containing the names of all projects located in
the city in question appears. You can move this popup
out of your way by grabbing it at the top (where the
country name is displayed) with your mouse,
and dragging and dropping it elsewhere on the map.
A click or tap on a project name listed in the popop
slides out a box on the left side of the screen
which holds fact and figures about the selected
project. At the same time, the city dot the project
is located in begins to pulsate to make the city better visible
on the map; the pulsation continues until more information on
another project is requested – at which point
the pulsation switches to this
next project's city – or until the detail view
is closed again.
The detail view for a project
contains the following information (if available):
While the detail view for a project is open,
the country or countries it operates in are
simultaneously highlighted on the world map
– in a different colour than when the city dot was initially
In many cases, the country a project is based in and the
region(s) it operates in will be identical, though
some projects operate in several different countries.
Clicking on the same project name in the popup
once more makes the sliding info box disappear;
clicking on different projects listed in the popup
will leave the detail view open and display
facts about the other projects selected.
Instead of picking only a single city dot, entire countries
can also be selected to reveal all projects located
The same popout which appears when clicking
on a city dot pop ups, but now it contains all projects
based in the entire country, city by city, with all cities
with projects listed alphabetically.
The mapped projects can be filtered by several criteria, including
policy area (as determined by the SI-DRIVE research project, see
for more information), world region or project stage.
All filtering is done by selecting or deselecting the
corresponding options (buttons) in the menu at the top right
of the visualisation.
The seven key policy areas at the centre of
Almost all visualised cases focus on one or more
of these policy fields. To only get shown projects which list
one particular of these seven policy areas as their "main" or
"most important" one (irrespective of whichever other policy areas
they might cover), one or more of these policy areas
can be selected in the top right menu of the visualisation.
The five project stages are:
The default for project stage filtering is "all", which
covers all projects, regardless of project stage.
Furthermore, the visualisation can be limited to
one of 13 world regions. The same defaults
apply as for filtering by project stage: projects all over the
world are shown when "all" is selected in the regions dropdown.
With the Reset button in the upper right
corner, the visualisation can be returned to its
initial state, showing all projects without any filtering
Social Innovation – Driving Force of Social Change,
in short SI-DRIVE, is a research project funded in the European Union's 7th
Framework Programme. It aims at extending knowledge about social innovation (SI)
in three major directions:
The outcomes of SI-DRIVE cover a broad range of
research dimensions, which impact societal change and empowerment in
particular, and contribute to the objectives of the Europe 2020
The visualisation presented here
includes around 1000 cases of social innovation in seven policy
areas on all five continents. These were mapped by the
project's 25 international partners as well as social innovators
(practitioners) and invited institutions which fund or
support social innovation.
To find out more about SI-DRIVE, please visit the project's
main website at