It slowly appears to me (in particular during a call with solidaryityeconomy.us) that the whole ecosystem of mapping alternative economies (and the Tranformap effort) could very much benefit of a review of mapping methodologies, identifying convergences (finding common ground), and importantly divergence.
This process so far happens on an ad hoc basis during bilteral conversations, but we definitely need to better understand how the various actors of this ecosystem do map local initiatives.
Basically we a template with criteria for each each mapping.
As a start we could think of defining a set of key questions for each mapping (starting with key ones) to answer. Some rough ideas:
- how do you license your data?
- how do you draw and enforce boundaries on your map?
- who takes part in the shaping of categories?
- do you use tags?
- how is data acquired? crowd? import? surveys? scraping? small team of data editors?
Some questions could be closed ones, but others will have to remain open. Then, for ease of reading, questions would need to be structured along bigger categories (eg. data collection, data publication…).
Ideally (not at the begining) all the information would be stored for each mappings here http://wiki.transformaps.net/
A first rough list of mappings that should (IMHO) come first:
- Anstiftung garden mapping
- L’italia che cambia
Craig, @jnardi @josefkreitmayer (others) would you like to take part in this initiative? I’m preparing an article on the topic of collaborative mapping of alternative economies (to publish towards the end of June); this could include some of the preliminary results.