Mapping the social city: Atlas of social maps.xlsx
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INTRODUCTION and how to use the atlas
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Through the Mapping the Social City project, Social Life and SIX have been exploring how maps and mapping tools can help us understand local places and people’s everyday experiences in order to find new perspectives on urban social life and social innovation in cities. Through this project we have compiled the Atlas of Social Maps to bring together and share interesting examples of maps and useful mapping tools and methods.
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We consider social maps to be maps and visualisations that illustrate more than only geographical features or physical infrastructure, but to be maps that tell us something about people’s connections, stories, and experiences – either relating to each other or to a specific environment.
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The Atlas allows us to explore and compare examples of social maps and mapping tools that gives us insights into urban environments from a people perspective. These maps and tools can help us to make maps that matter for residents, bringing people into the process of mapmaking, and applying these processes and outcomes as a means for activism, conviviality, networking, and urban planning.
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HOW TO USE THE ATLAS
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The Atlas has three sections:
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- Maps, a list of examples of the social maps we have found
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- Tools/methods, a set of online tools and methods for data collection and map-making
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- Blogs/exhibitions, a collection of other data bases such as blogs and past exhibitions concerning maps.
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Each section is divided into categories inlcuding the map source, a short description, organisation, media and method depending on the section.
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In the Maps section, items are categorised according to their focus and purpose. These categorisations draw on on María de los Ángeles Briones' analysis (Read more here: http://www.social-life.co/blog/post/mapping_social_tool/). The main focus areas we include are: activism, conviviality, everyday life, networks and urban planning. Some maps have more than one focus area. Maps are also categorised according to their purpose. The categories we use are: Social action, Share information, Building collective value, Reporting events, and Dialogue with decision makers.
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HOW TO SEARCH
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The categories make it easier to search for specific information in the database. This can be done in two ways. The normalsearch-function can be used to look up a word or phrase (ctrl+F or cmd+F). This can be useful if you want to find maps from a specific city, region, using a certain method etc. Alternatively, the filter-function can be used (the filter button can be found in the top left corner, next to the blue "view only" button). This function is useful if you want to see all maps focusing on a specific focus area or find maps with the same purpose.
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CONTRIBUTE
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The Maps section features both online and offline maps, with many projects combining offline activities with an online mapping output. As online mapping examples are inevitably easier to find, we are especially interested to receive contributions or comments on interesting offline maps.
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If you would like to suggest an update or contribute to the Atlas, please email saskia.baard@social-life.co
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INTRODUCTION
MAPS
TOOLS/METHODS
BLOGS/EXHIBITIONS
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