An introduction to TransforMap @ CHEST

(Josef Kreitmayer) #1

TransforMap is one of the Call 3 winning projects of CHEST.

CHEST (Collective enHanced Environment for Social Tasks) is a 30 month Research and Development project supported under the Seventh Framework Programme to promote the development of digital based innovations that have the potential to address key societal challenges.

TransforMap has been successful in receiving support through the scheme with the managing partner organizations Get Active and Ecobytes.

Get Active and Ecobytes take enabling roles to create collaborative momentum, propulsing a commons-oriented and open multidisciplinary collective of engaged contributors to create an ecosystem of exchange, learning, producing and co-developing infrastructure for collaborative open source mapping, map-aggregation and interoperability for mapping social innovation.

TransforMap from the CHEST perspective:

TransforMap is a timely effort to bring together a wealth of scatteredresources to advance transformative social innovation. To the challenges posedby the current mapping environments and barriers preventing the sharing of data and knowledge, TransforMap proposes a savvy solution by integrating current existing open source mapping technologies into an innovative collaborative effort.

Please find the TransforMap objectives and a general project overview within the CHEST framework here

#Deliverables as in the application
all activites must be concluded by end of June 2016

####WP1: Taxonomy and Data workshops

WP1 realize workshops and set up an online communication process that aim at initiating and structuring a mid-term social process of aligning various existing data taxonomies into a joint standard to be used as a common denominator for cross database search, aggregation and data interchange.

D1: Organization and facilitation of a workshop on synchronization and replication strategies within federated data communities

D2 (former D5): Organization and facilitation of a workshop and online process on the development of a linked open data vocabulary leading to a common taxonomy or ontology for location-based sustainability resources

####WP2: Technical Development

WP2 focuses on the development of backend, frontend and open source toolsets for end user data entry as well as data integration, exchange, research and visualization. D1: Backend: Implement a prototype set of Data Interoperability API’s to consume and expose data

D2: Backend: Implement a prototype of an Extract-Transform-Load-Hub to exchange data between different databases and map taxonomies based on a common denominator

D3-4: Backend: Reference implementation of a database and web-service stack based on open technologies to take part in a distributed open data ecosystem for geographically and semantically mapped data

D5: Frontend: enhance existing prototype editor for end users to enter and edit their data based on feedback from C1

D6: Frontend to display and search for data on a common map

D7 (former D8): Backend/Frontend: assessment of existing solutions and/or development of an online tool to visualize, map and integrate different taxonomies in multiple languages."

####WP3: Community building

WP3 contains outreach activities to test and gather early feedback about the practical usability of the tools in development and to build up a community supporting and contributing to TransforMap.

C1: Preparation and implementation of the “Global Alpha Test Mapping” with our partners to generate attention, and to use and test preliminary mapping tools

C2: Website including a map of the maps (D6)

C3: Regular information through newsletter and blog posts

C4: Technical support for data imports


The interoperability much depends on database infrastructure and the technical skills available to partnering organizations. There might be more funding needed, to help them to improve their existing systems for interoperability.

In the process of community building it is of paramount importance to ensure that TransforMap is perceived as a non-profit and collaborative effort. Failure in ensuring this will considerably undermine the whole TransforMap process by deterring non-profit communities to participate.

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