External Communication and Publications about TransforMap on third-party website


(Adrien Labaeye) #1

A new topic to gather posts, links, documents of communication material about TransforMap that we published on third-party websites.


Giuliana Giorgi @Giuliana
Luca - Italia Che Cambia - Berlin Im Wandel
(Adrien Labaeye) #2

This post was published on ARTS blog: http://blog.acceleratingtransitions.eu/?p=2827


#Transformap: crowd-mapping the transition

TransforMap is a collaborative effort to bring on one map local initiatives such as community gardens, hacker spaces, repair co-ops, swap shops, transition initiatives and many others. The process started in 2014 as a commoning effort, building upon existing maps. Thanks to recent funding, technical development is now starting for a first prototype in Spring.

Accelerating sustainability transitions requires a wide movement from the bottom-up. The good news: it seems to have already begun. The bad news is that we don’t have any overview of what’s going on. Researchers and activists have started to map this movement, but they are doing so in a dispersed way: focusing on different geographical regions and on different themes (e.g. collaborative economy, transition, social and solidarity economy, commons, etc.). Sometimes data is vizualized in nice maps [1][2], sometimes just stacked in a PDF on a website corner. Always, it’s in a silo, disconnected from the rest. There is no license attributed to it so that others can reuse the data without asking.

But we cannot afford from missing out on grassroots innovations that have the potential of delivering the fixes to the myriad of issues that contribute to un-sustainability. We cannot rely on top-down knowledge systems to describe a bottom-up movement. Too often, people with similar goals ignore each other in the very same city. We need to network the knowledge that is produced by various institutions, communities and individuals across borders. Only then can we accelerate transitions by networking (local) initiatives, passing experience, replicating successful models.

To address that issue, a collective of individuals and organizations initiated TransforMap in March 2104. The goal is to build a socio-technical infrastructure (including a map interface) to visualize the breadth if transformative initiatives: community gardens, repair coops, hacker spaces, fablabs, swap shop, community energy cooperatives, community supporting agriculture initiatives, etc.

How do we want to that?

We are putting together the following:

  • a map visualization with search and filtering that you can embed in your website
  • a map editing function where anyone can add an initiatives
  • a semi-decentralized backend infrastructure to source data from various locations including existing maps
  • a tool to compare ontologies (understand this as data structures) from different data sources in order to allow some aggregation
  • a forum to facilitate the community process for co-producing and governing the infrastructure

All this infrastructure is necessarily built using only open source software and geodata (from OpenStreetMap) to be forkable and improved by anyone at any time.

This means for a normal user the possibility to discover, search and add transformative local initiatives on a map. For communities this means having the possibility to share some of their data, and be visible beyond their public. For researchers this means contributing to and benefiting from a unique knowledge commons.

This process is seen as a commoning effort, where various actors collaborate to build an open source infrastructure and aggregate a shared pool of (linked) open data usable by anyone thanks to open licenses. Through this process we want to catalyze a discussion between various grassroots transformative communities (e.g. collaborative economy, transition network, commons, etc.) to develop a common language to describe innovative (and less so) local initiatives and how they contribute to a socio-ecological transition. In this process (sustainability transition) scientists can help facilitate that discussion and contribute to it with their current knowledge and vocabulary.

We aim at a working prototype in late spring 2016, so stay tuned! Whether you are an activist, a mapper, a developper, or a researcher interested in one of those topics, you are welcome to join the dance!

[1] Map of community gardens in Germany: http://anstiftung.de/urbane-gaerten/gaerten-im-ueberblick
[2] Map of Transition Network: https://www.transitionnetwork.org/initiatives/map


(Jon Richter) #3

@alabaeye Do you know where we collecte articles by others about TransforMap? I’m looking for the Italian one, but cannot find it.


(Thomas Kalka) #4

We should do it on the blog, imho.


(Jon Richter) #5

Sounds good to me.


(Adrien Labaeye) #6

we should bring the blog to some visibility on the website (i.e. a tab) imho. It’s impossible to find now. What you think?


(Jon Richter) #7

Yes, but please, am I allowed to run a Known instance over some Ghost?
It has connections to Facebook and Twitter, so multiple Users could post from the site directly into their social networks, but still remaining a hyperlink at streams.transformap.co.

I don’t feel too much like migrating the old blog, especially when the TransforMapS and MMM discussion is around.


Luca - Italia Che Cambia - Berlin Im Wandel
(Adrien Labaeye) #8

I was thinking of a link on transformap.co (in menu)


(Josef Kreitmayer) #9

Hello @Giuliana : )
we just searched for transformap on search engines and found an intalian article : )
do you know, who wrote that? http://www.windtransparencyforum.com/magazine/transformap.aspx

nice : )


(Adrien Labaeye) #10

I’ve written an article about the action research process and TransforMap for the website of the EU research project SEISMIC (about mutual learning - research/citizens - in cities): http://seismicproject.eu/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=91&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=60

Also visible here: https://transitionlab.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/crowd-mapping-a-tool-for-action-research/