Hallo dear people, that contribute and contributed to the TransforMap Taxonomy Circle,
@toka @Silke, @Giuliana, @fraukehehl, @klaus, @dreusser, @DagmarE and @Wolfgang,
in the next weeks, the taxonomy topic is going to become central again to the activites around TransforMap. It would be great, if you would like to participate in that process, based on the work you already achieved with the first draft of the TransforMap taxonomy, as well as with the visionary foresight, what potential can emerge by the connection of the different approaches and proposals mentioned below.
Overview on current activites concerning Taxonomy Work:
- For the SSEDAS project, we (Alessa Heuser from Inkota and me) requested the 26 partners to provide their ideas of what they would like to have as categories for the Social and Solidarity Economy map.
- As it was a voluntary activity, about 18 responded, which is a very good result.
- Currently I am converging these inputs into a first draft to send out to the SSEDAS partners for first feedback. That should be ready by end of this week.
- The next step is to integrate with other taxonomies, that are already out there
- ESS Global - currently getting a hot topic with the engagement of the Institute of Solidarity Economy (UK) with contributions from @mattw, @mariana, @jnardi
- also have a call with Daniel Überall tomorrow to see, what relevant taxonomies could be already out there in the area of agriculture and food, as that is a big topic
- Thomas Schwab @RCE_BenE_Muenchen did a great job in providing a comparison of the GreenMap & TransforMap taxonomies
- for the fair trade segement it would be great to get in conversation with the developers of the app “Go Fair”
The different approaches are based on different viewpoints, that would be great to integrate / interconnect:
(Please take any comments from my side to each approach and it´s categories as a first review towards integrating the different approaches. Please add your viewpoints, and possible corrections to my collection and relating assumptions.)
- SSEDAS: User-centric filter categories to be displayed in the user interface with filters by
- SSE (social and solidarity economy) initiative-categories relevant for communities
- and users
TransforMap: meta-perspective to enable interoperability and filters by
- needs fulfilled - (the needs fulfilled, sometimes with a more product & service oriented approach is also very much in the interest of some SSEDAS partners)
- modes of interaction - (with some of the SSEDAS taxonomy Initiative-Types, there is a mode of interaction already implied)
- self description of a community (as we already noticed in 15mmm some items of the self descriptions of the communities might be difficult, as most of the mapping is done by third parties, and the identification is a delicate subject)
- ESS Global: meta-perspective to enable interoperability and filters by
- [Products & Services] (http://www.maltas.org/ess/standard/products-services.skos) (seems to have a big overlap with the economic activities & sectors, as well as the same relevance issues with some of the topics)
- [meta themes] (http://www.maltas.org/ess/standard/themes.skos) e.g. “Decent work and Self-Management” or “Social and solidarity finances” (possible narratives for cluster of tags, or tags themselves?)
- Qualifiers - (some of this qualifiers also show up in the interest of the SSEDAS partners, as well as in the TransforMap Taxonomy. Some of them might be too much to currently asses, it seems to be very important to currently focus on what data the contributors can actually collect, rather than what is all out there in the world. In general that is a big topic in SSEDAS, as the criteria, what qualifies as SSE are not yet fully set. There is a set of Criteria published, but not yet agreed on for the mapping.)
- Type of Labour - (workforce-related data, possibly difficult to assess from third parties?)
- Legal Form - (the legal form, especially with Social Enterprises, Non Profits and Cooperatives is also very much in the interest of the SSEDAS partners)
- Go Fair
- Fair Trade needs to be enquired. The approach seems to be more on the use of a search function, rather than on categories.
We should be aware of the following points:
(in order to have the dragon of possible individual attachment and preferences in the room right from the beginning, value them, and at the same time take a distance just far enough to get a broader view on the elephant)
there is a lot of energy already invested in most of the approaches, especially ESS Global and TransforMap. Also SSEDAS carries already some hundred hours with the contributions of the partners.
the machine-readable concept of the TransforMap Taxonomy is alligned with an OpenStreetMap approach
the machine-readable concept of the ESS Global Taxonomy is alligned with (please correct me if wrong) some linked open Data vocabulary and the very open concept of the Dublin Core Application Profile (short: DCAP) (which is widely applied for enabling online library linked open data - if I am correct)
- the human readable definitions of the ESS Global Taxonomy is also already translated in several languages.
Both approaches are tested in demo-applications, that find very little use (yet), and are not well accepted with test-users.
It is definitely a big task to learn to understand the different concepts, and merge them in a way, that the elephant is complete (or at least complete enough to be identified as an elephant, not minding how big the ears, or how long the tail…)
In the process of merging, something needs to be lost
(otherwise the elephant gets 3 heads and falls right on this 3 faces after the first step, or is simply not recognizeable - userfriendly - as elephant)
If we go into resistance to merging, but try to just simply compare the relevance of the spear to the tree, we loose the big possible goal of setting a comprehensive standard, that can be broadly applied with many potential partners, and by that enabling a relevant stock of data to build on for awareness raising, applications, research, …
Nothing can be perfect, and it will be version 1, nothing more and nothing less.
From where we are starting, we are as close as anyone has ever been to that elephant.
Hey, it is an elephant, so a huge creature. (Maybe we do not need to go into DNA-testing, zoological demoniation, origin of species, but simply see what parts we can identify, and how we could best aply, reinterprete, adapt them.)
The SSEDAS Taxonomy draft will be ready by end of this week. Pre-Drafts are already linked above.