The good, the bad and the ignorant:                                        Cultural      Ethics         The               ...
Personal background-M. Sc. In Chemistry & Informatics-Career in information systems (organization & user oriented)-M.A. in...
Example : “Main heritage structure“ map, Province of South-Holland           Does what it says (‘main structure’)         ...
Example: “Knowledge Infrastructure Cult. Heritage”, National system, < 2010                Represents ‘knowledge’ ?!      ...
Example: “Knowledge Infrastructure Cult. Heritage”, National system, > 2010                  -Appears to show more objects...
‘Social responsibility framework’ for maps (and more …..)        Levels (aggregated)             Is aboutMap as visualizat...
‘Social responsibility framework’ (2)                                                                                     ...
Problem => Views and heritage maps : provided  needed (1)  Administrative levels/scale                HeritageNational   ...
Mapping => a processes-in-context with actors and impacts(1)                               Landscape/                     ...
Mapping => a processe-in-context with actors and impacts(2)(2) ‘Inscribing the landscape’                (1) Uses-in-conte...
Is all this ‘an issue’? => expertise, awareness, discussion, …          ‘ignorant’                              ‘good’
Thank you! j.s.visser@planet.nl
Example: “Knowledge Infrastructure Cult. Heritage”, National system, > 2010                                               ...
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The good, the bad and the ignorant: ethics and landscape heritage maps

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Social responsibility and ethics relate to a number of aspects, which are partly dependent on the domain in question. As maps on (cultural) landscape and heritage aim at guiding the future landscape and both are complex, diverse and 'contested' domains , it is crucial what and how is mapped. Participation and democracy, acting or non-acting – as in ‘good’, ‘bad’ or ‘ignorant´ – are therefore important. To evaluate the (many) Dutch maps on cultural heritage on these matters, a framework has been developed.
As it turns out, the general level of social responsibility is rather low. Main causes may be a lack of both awareness and expertise, as well as viewing maps merely as ‘representations’ rather than a form of communication.

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The good, the bad and the ignorant: ethics and landscape heritage maps

  1. 1. The good, the bad and the ignorant: Cultural Ethics The Landscape bad ‘The The ignorant’ good Maps, Landscape information heritage Ethics and landscape heritage maps Sophie Visser Symposium Mapping Ethics Lausanne, April 14-15, 2011
  2. 2. Personal background-M. Sc. In Chemistry & Informatics-Career in information systems (organization & user oriented)-M.A. in (Historical) Geography 2006 Landscape heritage maps: ‘hardly useful’ – why?-Independent consultant LandZij/ PhD student Utrecht University
  3. 3. Example : “Main heritage structure“ map, Province of South-Holland Does what it says (‘main structure’) but: - (too) selective - no object-names - no object-information
  4. 4. Example: “Knowledge Infrastructure Cult. Heritage”, National system, < 2010 Represents ‘knowledge’ ?! - selectivity! - object-names : yes - object-information : hardly
  5. 5. Example: “Knowledge Infrastructure Cult. Heritage”, National system, > 2010 -Appears to show more objects -But: -point icons for everything -hardly ‘real’ landscape objects + information => e.g. 3 unnamed objects + 7 general descriptions
  6. 6. ‘Social responsibility framework’ for maps (and more …..) Levels (aggregated) Is aboutMap as visualization ‘clear’ + usefulLandscape heritage & information what + why present + informationChoices & criteria ‘why’ (or not) In the presentProcess & method More background: what, how, whom,Policy & process context why (or not)Effects & impacts on use & users Practical /emotional Towards effects => on use the futureEffects & impacts on society Impacts on landscape
  7. 7. ‘Social responsibility framework’ (2) √ => Judged from a local perspective Framework levels Province KICH < 2010 KICH > 2010Map visualization +/- + -Landscape heritage & Region-dependent: +/- -information --+Choices & criteria ~general ~generalProcess & method  (+ partly in recent Policies from not clear)Policy & process context reports ‘90s!Effects & impacts on use & What do with it? Not for Hardly used inusers landscape… general?Effects & impacts on society e.g. – non-mapped cultural history? - status, power, …?
  8. 8. Problem => Views and heritage maps : provided  needed (1) Administrative levels/scale HeritageNational mapProvincial Heritage mapRegional By – professionals - authorities needed Other needsLocal views heritage people information activities contexts Activity types Policy general detailed management education, plan plan & tourism maintenance
  9. 9. Mapping => a processes-in-context with actors and impacts(1) Landscape/ heritage (Future) activities use Landscape/heritage Topographic map GIS Cultural history research Text, Heritage Visualization, ‘Represen- evaluation Publication tation’
  10. 10. Mapping => a processe-in-context with actors and impacts(2)(2) ‘Inscribing the landscape’ (1) Uses-in-context(s)(Future)Landscape/heritage Mapping as communication-in-context
  11. 11. Is all this ‘an issue’? => expertise, awareness, discussion, … ‘ignorant’ ‘good’
  12. 12. Thank you! j.s.visser@planet.nl
  13. 13. Example: “Knowledge Infrastructure Cult. Heritage”, National system, > 2010 Upon clicking: 10 objects Unnamed built heritage 1800-1945 Area: Netherlands Unnamed built heritage 1800-1945 Area: Regional description Area: Fens Mid-Netherlands fens area Peat/fens reclamation Lakes from peat digging Unspecified border Peat reclamation parcellation

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