Hi Everyone, I’ve been lurking around the edges transformap for over a year now, so it’s probably about time I introduced myself. I’m a lecturer at the University of Birmingham in theological ethics - most of my current research is concerned with environmental ethics, and more specifically how religious communities are responding to climate change. Along the way I’ve developed an appreciation for data visualisation and have been creating data sets of community sustainability groups in the UK as a way of highlighting the really tremendous things that are happenning to mitigate climate change on the level of individual communities which tend to be invisible to policymakers and the general public. You can have a look at some of the data sets I’ve put together on the zenodo repository (https://zenodo.org/communities/mapping-community/). My work with community groups generally takes the form of participatory research, so I’ve been working to develop a platform that groups like transition, permaculture, etc. can use as a “staging area” to manage web-maps of their network and which can then be imported to openstreetmaps and served onto projects like transformap. We’re currently setting up an instance of cartodb on some University of Birmingham servers that will be used for these purposes. You can read a bit more about this project here: http://mapping.community.
There are a range of areas where I think I might be able to help. I have experience with DevOps (former career), data analysis (using R mostly) and GIS (mostly QGIS and command line tools) and am actively working to raise funds to develop projects like transformaps. My own politics are strongly oriented towards crowdsourcing, open source, etc. and so I’m also actively looking for ways to use academic research to highlight ways that new federated and open-source technologies can serve as a space for the common good, and I’m enough of an activist that I tend to have links to a number of environmental grassroots groups in the UK and networks.
I’ll look forward to reading more on the forums in the weeks and months to come and hopefully pitching in on this project a bit. Things have really come quite a long way since I first had a look around about 2 years ago and I’m excited to see how transformap can continue to be a force for good!