Open Source Mapping in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

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Open Source Mapping in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

  1. 1. Open Source Mapping in the Occupied Palestinian Territories Josh Levinger Center for Future Civic Media MIT Media Lab
  2. 2. • Collaboration with Harvard Alliance for Justice in the Middle East • Collected 77 testimonies from 29 authors • Mapped 32 neighborhoods in 5 cities • Bombing and casualty data from UN, PLO
  3. 3. Summer Field Work • Permit to Gaza denied • Traveled in West Bank • Met with activists (Israeli, Palestinian, intl) • Developing new modes of geographic activism
  4. 4. Free Your Maps! {"query": "ofra", "type": "FeatureCollection", "features": [{"geometry": {"type": "MultiPolygon", "coordinates": [[[[3925986.8983629998, 3755737.0736429999], [3925980.1903280001, 3755680.859925], [3925972.54091, 3755645.6456920002], [3925947.3621240002, 3755591.2768549998], [3925950.3971870001, 3755566.774764], [3925954.9312459999, 3755508.1892240001], [3925939.669609, 3755460.712117], [3925903.8151199999, 3755409.426031], [3925863.3948169998, 3755361.1948190001], [3925777.4153229999, 3755335.9752529999], [3925714.9066189998, 3755323.7548389998], [3925686.7124669999, 3755326.8346600002], [3925644.8105970002, 3755343.7039700001],[3927205.2379930001, 3757604.3792929999], [3927203.5432250001, 3757501.9618299999], [3927188.9034770001, 3757375.653614], [3927276.1991790002, 3757286.1916220002], [3927371.6155369999, 3757243.8617409999], [3927387.7791900001, 3757222.706975], [3927463.69068, 3757038.9663689998], [3927468.5211760001, 3757009.7034300002], [3927415.0313360002, 3756860.179335], [3927361.5578419999, 3756732.2844170001], [3927384.1701290002, 3756690.0071979999], [3927424.567609, 3756623.3334070002], [3927481.1318029999, 3756542.0132539999], [3927497.2668090002, 3756481.8643410001], [3927497.2243579999, 3756421.7154100002], [3927540.8558100001, 3756351.78688], [3927505.214251, 3756281.9153959998], [3927463.107078, 3756208.7953260001], [3927408.076719, 3756174.7024579998], [3927325.577817, 3756173.1395339998], [3927247.9174119998, 3756153.684601], [3927162.1566809998, 3756116.3585319999], [3927097.4281230001, 3756067.6365970001], [3927063.4497440001, 3756067.6596280001], [3927058.6251750002, 3756106.6804689998], [3927052.1875849999, 3756145.6906909999], [3927024.6931329998, 3756158.7112159999], [3927011.732297, 3756126.209082], [3926978.6891510002, 3756063.1618579999], [3926943.057056, 3756001.4297890002], [3926915.5457199998, 3755970.5584430001], [3926897.777363, 3756020.9567140001], [3926865.4196080002, 3756014.4831039999], [3926828.192183, 3755978.743735], [3926803.9376750002, 3755995.01486], [3926742.4569899999, 3755977.1789489998], [3926653.4917589999, 3755969.1088140002], [3926592.0216740002, 3755967.5155159999], [3926583.9026029999, 3755918.767031], [3926659.8550010002, 3755811.4279729999], [3926732.5864829998, 3755713.8633059999], [3926716.3309320002, 3755590.3422849998], [3926664.5037250002, 3755494.4805120002], [3926580.382309, 3755470.152489], [3926421.8787059998, 3755501.1288149999], [3926318.3797309999, 3755535.3227550001], [3926176.0992419999, 3755647.571432], [3926080.700826, 3755706.1410989999], [3925986.8983629998, 3755737.0736429999]]]]}, "crs": {"type": "name", "properties": {"name": "EPSG:900913"}}, "type": "Feature", "properties": {"center": {"type": "Point", "coordinates": [3925855.0246799998, 3756683.381825]}, "name": "Ofra", "id": 71}}], "bounds": [3925855.011353516, 3756683.3213730277, 3925855.0297927461, 3756683.3953289515]}
  5. 5. Open Data Enables Applications Settlement Population 300,000 225,000 150,000 75,000 0 1967 1979 1984 1989 1994 1999 2004 Number of Settlers (w/o East Jerusalem) Source: PeaceNow
  6. 6. Better ‫בלוקבסטר‬ Boycott • Targeted at products made in the settlements • Expose unlabeled place of origin • Consumers ignorant of their economic support • Global exports Source: Coalition of Women for Peace
  7. 7. Alternatives • Shift spending streams • Support peaceful binational economic development
  8. 8. Implementation •• User interface GeoDjango, OpenLayers, Cartagen Barkan Wineries Barkan Industrial Zone, Golan Heights (zoom in) Produce and market wines and • iPhone mobile site, barcode search 134 Users liqueurs. Own vineyards in the occupied Golan Heights. Use • grapes from these vineyards in track this Integrate with existing their wine production. Used to product have their main facility and (track it) winery in the industrial zone of platforms the Barkan settlement in the Where is it West Bank. As of December sold? (map) 2007 they do not hold any • WhoProfits, SourceMap, BILUMI, Amazon, PayPal Contact industrial space in the Occupied Territories. Source: CWP • business Verified Levels of data verification (email) Business • owner? Successfully Divested! Crowd source data gathering (claim) (view) (edit) (ingredients) • Track financial impact, engage community
  9. 9. Work in Progress

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