We are the map, we are the mapped, we are the mapping. We are the unmap, we are the unmapped, we are the unmapping.
Jose Cortez de Basur IV, 1631
Do you mean distribution channels here?
I believe we are not only thinking of readership here, but also of an actual manual how to perceive what you call mapping as commoning.
I propose to keep it in imperative manifesto form. Then it can also be used as a guideline or checklist, to provide a quick analytical pattern to evaluate the commonness of a given map.
Manifestos of different form: http://manifestos.federated.wiki/manifestos.html
It may introduce TransforMap quickly as an originating context, but then divert from there. Brainstorm, also playing with words, feel free to remix:
From Mapping the Commons to a mapping of all alternatives, civic practitioners around the world create crowdsourced maps of self-organised activities within their environment. OpenStreetMap and many many maps record and showcase the vast diversity of local adaptations to climate change. In bringing all of these transformaps together, the commoned mapping effort TransforMap is curiously enquiring niches of socio-ecological transition.
Coming from the experiences of participating in a network of distributed mapping activities, the signatories hereby promote the pattern of Mapping as Commoning to underline and comment on the various traps which we learned to master during our collaborations. The declarations below are the condensate of globally disperesed, locally found initiatives which subscribe their work to building and maintaining a shared mapping commons.
We may start with the raw notes from WSF 2016. I have reordered them to according to my will, as I think the order is important and should build something like a linear stack.
Discuss your common goal again and again. And again! Everybody involved should feel in syntony with at any time. Make sure you learn how to systematically [https://discourse.transformap.co/t/separate-commons-and-commerce-to-make-it-work-for-the-commons/625 separate commons from commerce].
Keep an eye on interoperability and use web technology!
If you map as a commons you can easily contribute to the Federated Commons through dialogue with partner-mappers and focussing on interoperability. It is crucial to build on open technology standards, which ensure your map, its data and associated mapping applications can be reused on a wide diversity of media and devices.
Use free open data licenses!
To own your own data is important, but not enough. You need to make sure nobody dumps your common data back into the world of marketization and enclosures. Remember: Free licences protect your collective work as a commons.
Make sure you really own our data!
Even if, in the short run, refrain from importing data for geolocation or copy and paste what you are not legally entitled to seems to be a nightmare. In the long run, it is the only way to prevent you being sued or your data being enclosed.
Contribute to or devolop open taxonomies!
A taxonomy as an entry point to complex social worlds will never be "ready" as a matter of fact. The more you learn about these worlds the better you can make your taxonomy. And an open taxonomy allows your peer mappers and end users to search the taxonomy for a concept, and if they can't find it, link it -via tag- to a parent category or - if you allow for - fix the taxonomy themselves, eventually merging the tag structure into the "official" taxonomy.
Link to WikiData and OpenStreetMap from the beginning!
Whenever possible, don't maintain your single data set, but contribute as much as possible to already existing data commons.
Use free software at all levels!
This is paramount, as it is not about the freedom of the software, but about your freedom to further develop your mapping projects according to your own needs.
Self-host your infrastructure
Only use technology which allows to be replicated quickly. Eat your own dogfood, and document how you do it.
Develop innovative legal forms to make sure the resulting maps own themselves (instead of being owned by by any specific person or organization.)
An inspirational, similarily scoped collection of hypotheses had been written by @josefkreitmayer last year already: