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A presentation given by representatives of UCL's Mapping for Change project at our Digital Tools and Neighbourhood Design Workshop, an event designed to explore the impact of digital tools on ...

A presentation given by representatives of UCL's Mapping for Change project at our Digital Tools and Neighbourhood Design Workshop, an event designed to explore the impact of digital tools on community design, engagement and improvement.

For more information, visit: http://www.nesta.org.uk/event/digital-tools-and-neighbourhood-planning-workshop

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Mapping for Change: Digital Tools and Neighbourhood Design Workshop Mapping for Change: Digital Tools and Neighbourhood Design Workshop Presentation Transcript

  • Community Mapping DIGITAL TOOLS AND NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING 7TH JULY, 2014
  • • Social enterprise based at UCL • Promotes and supports community-based initiatives towards building more sustainable communities through the use of maps and geographic information. • Specialises in community mapping, citizen Science, and connecting online and off line community engagement through maps, using traditional and leading edge mapping technology and geographical information systems for community goals Mapping for Change
  • Why Mapping?  To gather local knowledge  To create new/alternative maps  To educate and communicate with external agencies and decision-makers  To identify key issues for action planning  To assist with data gathering for research  To facilitate decision-making processes  To identify data gaps  To make comparisons between areas  To expose complex social/spatial interactions
  • Technology and Community Mapping Importance of Community Participation ◦ Web GIS long been seen as highly important – used to disseminate information to the general public ◦ Air quality ◦ Flood risk ◦ Planning applications ◦ Cycle routes ◦ Seventy-five per cent of all information in local government in Britain is geographically referenced ◦ 45 of the 122 national e-government priorities required GIS (in 2008)
  • Technology and Community Mapping Importance of Community Participation ◦ Develop Web-GIS to provide communities with information about what is happening locally ◦ Maps act as a ‘one-stop shop’ ◦ Maintained by the community for the community
  • Technology and Community Mapping Some Technical Requirements ◦ Clear definition of community boundary and community identity ◦ Own branding on the site ◦ Ability to group data into themes ◦ Ability to view points, lines and polygons on the map and retrieve information about the data, photos and videos ◦ All users
  • Introduction to existing public information General perception mapping Discussion & initial priorities setting Digitisation, visualisation and discussion Website and online map Citizen Science and data gathering Engagement Process
  • In each community, we start with a discussion about the official, public data that is available about their area Thematic activities introducing aims and objectives, policy setting. Presenting existing publically available information about places, spaces and people in a given community. Introduction to existing public information General perception mapping Discussion & initial priorities setting Digitisation, visualisation and discussion Website and online map Citizen Science and data gathering
  • A discussion leads to the list of issues that should be mapped and the way they will be mapped Introduction to existing public information General perception mapping Discussion & initial priorities setting Digitisation, visualisation and discussion Website and online map Citizen Science and data gathering
  • Perception Mapping Focuses on questions such as:  What aspects of your neighbourhood you like or dislike?  What problems do you want to solve?  Places you go to / don’t go and why?  Safe / unsafe places  Barriers Introduction to existing public information General perception mapping Discussion & initial priorities setting Digitisation, visualisation and discussion Website and online map Citizen Science and data gathering
  • In some cases, perception mapping leads to focused evidence gathering, in other cases this is done directly after the discussion. Noise measurements Introduction to existing public information General perception mapping Discussion & initial priorities setting Digitisation, visualisation and discussion Website and online map Citizen Science and data gathering
  • Introduction to existing public information General perception mapping Discussion & initial priorities setting Digitisation, visualisation and discussion Website and online map Citizen Science and data gathering
  • Technology and Community Mapping
  • Northfleet Community Profile
  • Noise mapping – Pepys Estate & Royal Docks Mapping for Change LCY noise mapping study at http://bit.ly/LCYNoise Design simple but relevant recording materials Scrap yard Community Centre Nursary School
  • A local campaign group, some of whose members participated in the monitoring, went on to submit a legal challenge against Newham council's decision to approve the expansion. The communities efforts and the noise mapping by activities gained coverage in The Evening Standard. “The Royal Docks community map brought residents together and gave them confidence to call for changes in their community. “ Royal Docks Noise Monitoring Outcome
  • A public meeting attended by the local community, local authority and Environment Agency. Noise pollution acknowledge and trained acousticians employed to carry out an investigation. Scrap yard license revoked. Community mobilised to address other environmental issues and push for change. Noise Mapping – Pepys Estate Pepys Noise Monitoring Outcome
  • Community Air Quality Monitoring The most common, simplest and well- proven method for measurement. Comparable with local council data. Design simple but relevant recording materials. Diffusion tubes
  • • Local Authority installed diffusion tubes at the main junctions identified as having higher levels of NO2 • Installation of PM10 monitoring stations to get a more accurate picture of PM10 levels in the area. • Community want data to form a baseline in view of proposed housing developments. Local population of 6500 set to double in an area of approximately ½ a sq. mile. Pepys Air Quality Monitoring Outcome
  •  Widely distributed press release targeted at politicians and media  Follow-up with Wandsworth Council, TfL and Mayor’s Office  Key achievement in persuading TfL to introduce hybrid and retro-fitted buses Putney Air Quality Monitoring Outcome
  • Over 20 communities across London replicating the methodology, independently. Many using the online community map to record their results.
  • Collective Awareness Platforms for Improving Accessibility in European Cities & Regions Aims:  Develop tools for collectively gathering and sharing information on the accessibility of public places through a participatory user centred design approach.  Exploit the power of online maps and mobile devices for fostering awareness of barriers for individuals with limited mobility and for removing such barriers. Participatory Sensing Tools for Assessing Data Quality Tools for Collective Tagging Tools for Supporting Awareness Raising & Collective Action Tools for Visualisation Services and tools for routing for people with limited mobility http://www.myaccesible.eu
  •  End users include people with limited mobility, policy-makers and public administrators, spatial planners and facility managers, NGOS…  Engagement through ‘walking’ tours, focus groups, mapping parties, video diaries…  Developing online tools informing about accessibility of places and routes  Supporting collective action to remove barriers http://myaccessible.eu/myaccessible-eu-video 150 people join Bologna wheelchair ‘walk’ End user focus group
  • Design for Wellbeing STREET MOBILITY AND NETWORK ACCESSIBILITY TOWARDS TOOLS FOR OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO WALKING AMONGST OLDER PEOPLE http://www.ucl.ac.uk/street-mobility/project
  • Street Mobility The Street Mobility & Network Accessibility project aims to develop tools for overcoming community severance (also known as the 'barrier effect'). Community severance occurs where transport infrastructure or the speed or volume of traffic act as a physical or psychological barrier to the movement of people.
  • MfC Community Engagement Strand Aims To: Unearth local voices in seeking explanations for the spacial patterns and processes identified in other research strands
  • Woodberry Down – Perception Mapping : Their Woodbury Down Their friends and family networks Their preferred places Their preferred routes Their access to services and resources Places they avoid & why Barriers – physical and perceived Results of perception mapping with residents over 50 are currently being compiled During a number of lunch club visits, coffee mornings and community festivals we asked residents about:
  • Community Map Woodberry Down residents can use the evidence gathered on the map to help improve accessibility in the area. UCL researchers will use the data to inform the development of methods to assess community severance at the individual, street and area-wide level to enable research into the effects on mobility, wellbeing and health.
  • Administrators CommentLocation Project Observation Fields Observation Type View User group
  • web-based administration Public API Backend Third-party applications
  • Get in touch Follow us: – http://www.mappingforchange.org.uk – Twitter: @Mapping4Change – Twitter: @UCL_ExCiteS