Dear Transformap friends and contributors,
Here is the latest community report. Hope you enjoy!
Oh, and it would be great if some of you could confirm they're receiving those emails so we're sure that our mailing list does work.
Migrating our inventory of maps
Since the beginning of our adventure we have inventoried existing maps of alternative economies as well as mapping resources (like atlases or tools). The wiki is now relocated at the following address: http://wiki.transformaps.net/. The overview of existing maps is here. Feel free to contribute and add missing maps or complete/update information! We're looking at ways to make that inventory easier to navigate and more visually attractive. Ideas? Get in touch!
Highlighting some relevant discussions on the forum
In our effort to build a community, let's highlight two related discussions. One with Ben Brownell from Metamaps which touched to the issue of determining to what community (eg. Transition, Commons, etc.) an initiative is belonging to. The question is who is legitimate to do this. Our answer no one! or, better, everyone! This spurred the related discussion which is the background that brings us to one of the main deliverable we're working onl: let users collectively shape taxonomies, make their own filters. In other words really enable non technical people to shape new maps of alternative economies.
More discussion with metamaps.cc
We've had some more contacts with the friends of metamaps.cc through their platform - did you know you can video chat with other mappers while looking at the same map? it's working great!.
I learned at his occasion that a basic import function is about to be available. Check for updates here.
Taxonomy development process with SSEDAS
We are figuring out how to use the SSEDAS taxonomy development process outcome for creating compliant data sets for the SSEDAS map displays.
Last week, we were holding a SSEDAS partner Taxonomy skype call. We concluded, that the qualifiers, required for some Types of Initiatives (shops, restaurants, farms), will build on the qualifiers already established by ESS Global. - In the first week of May we have another open Taxonomy Call, to give people an introduction in the Taxonomy System, and prepare the SSEDAS inputs for a Conversation with ESS Global to prepare their qualifiers Version 2.0.
Jason Nardi from Ripess offered to be the interface with ESS Global, and for the 2nd week of May, we scheduled a meeting to converge on the Qualifiers (more details here).
Get Active is now validated by the EU Commission for the CHEST project and Ecobytes is almost there as well. Even with the validation granted, there is seemingly an endless stream of paperwork still coming, which might be completed quite soon.
- We are in good relations with the SSEDAS Steering Committee, as well as with the activity coordinator Jan Urhahn from Inkota.There is a common understanding, that the community work with the SSEDAS partners requires more effort than expected, that we invest more time in converging with external partners (e.g. ESS Global), and also for our own process. We do our best to keep deadlines and deliver an awesome SUSY-map.
- The SSEDAS partners are now almost finished with delivering us their first data, and we are working and structuring it currently to provided it to the API.- A first draft for the visualization is sceduled für the comming week.
In further shaping the budget (within the current spreadsheet format), no progress happened, as the respective people in the team required to work on it could/would not take the required time to meet.
In the mean time, some team-members are also focusing on trying the software co-budget to assess whether it can be used for managing community buckets.