Participatory Cartography
and OpenStreetMap
Yuwei Lin
University for the Creative Arts

Prepared for the Digital Futures e...
Maps are technical instruments.
Navigation
Map of Benjamin Brecknell
Turner's photographs
Visualisation
Maps That Will Help You
Make Sense of the World
Maps are political statements.
Psalter Map (1260)
Plan de Mérian (1615)
Plan de Turgot (1734-6)
Satirical Map of Europe
Maps are art works.
Antique Map of London
Storytelling –
Lord of the Ring
Maps are social products.
Memory maps
The lone cartographer?
Collaborative and Social

Professional vs. Amateur
Authoritative vs. Playful
Embodiment
Personal experiences,
memories,
identities,
belongings,
emotions,
ideologies,
philosophies.
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Free/Open Source

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Crowdsourcing

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Wikification of Maps

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Participatory
Sociological questions
Who are the OpenStreetMap mappers?
What do they do?
How do they do what they do?
Why do they do wha...
Social interaction and social engagement
Mapping parties,
Beer and BBQ
Meet-ups
Women who made OpenStreetMap | FLOSSIE 2013 | 8-9 November 2013 | London

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Women who made OpenStreetMap | FLOSSIE 2013 | 8-9 November 2013 | London

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Crisis Mapping /
Humanitarian Mapping

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
OSM for the Blind
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http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_for_the_bli

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http://www.blind.accessiblemaps.org/
Software ...
Locative Media
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Geo-referenced information

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Geo retailing, location-based marketing
Contexts
When new names arrived...
When disaster happened...
- new country in Africa
- new city plan in Vienna
- new shop ...
Knowledge, Power, Community, Democracy
Advantages of broader contributor groups
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larger group of potential contributors
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for collecting data
for updatin...
Thank you for your attention!
http://cartography.tuwien.ac.at/fem2map
This work was funded by the Austrian Ministry for Tr...
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Participatory cartography and OpenStreetMap

  1. 1. Participatory Cartography and OpenStreetMap Yuwei Lin University for the Creative Arts Prepared for the Digital Futures event, V&A, London, 21 January 2014
  2. 2. Maps are technical instruments.
  3. 3. Navigation
  4. 4. Map of Benjamin Brecknell Turner's photographs
  5. 5. Visualisation
  6. 6. Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World
  7. 7. Maps are political statements.
  8. 8. Psalter Map (1260)
  9. 9. Plan de Mérian (1615)
  10. 10. Plan de Turgot (1734-6)
  11. 11. Satirical Map of Europe
  12. 12. Maps are art works.
  13. 13. Antique Map of London
  14. 14. Storytelling – Lord of the Ring
  15. 15. Maps are social products.
  16. 16. Memory maps
  17. 17. The lone cartographer?
  18. 18. Collaborative and Social Professional vs. Amateur
  19. 19. Authoritative vs. Playful
  20. 20. Embodiment Personal experiences, memories, identities, belongings, emotions, ideologies, philosophies.
  21. 21. ● Free/Open Source ● Crowdsourcing ● Wikification of Maps ● Participatory
  22. 22. Sociological questions Who are the OpenStreetMap mappers? What do they do? How do they do what they do? Why do they do what they do? When do they do what they do? Which community? Which platform? Which tool?
  23. 23. Social interaction and social engagement Mapping parties, Beer and BBQ Meet-ups
  24. 24. Women who made OpenStreetMap | FLOSSIE 2013 | 8-9 November 2013 | London 26
  25. 25. Women who made OpenStreetMap | FLOSSIE 2013 | 8-9 November 2013 | London 27
  26. 26. Crisis Mapping / Humanitarian Mapping Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
  27. 27. OSM for the Blind ● http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_for_the_bli ● http://www.blind.accessiblemaps.org/ Software and maps for the blind is usually expensive and also outdated. The blind community can help themselves update the maps.
  28. 28. Locative Media ● Geo-referenced information ● Geo retailing, location-based marketing
  29. 29. Contexts When new names arrived... When disaster happened... - new country in Africa - new city plan in Vienna - new shop in town (add POIs)
  30. 30. Knowledge, Power, Community, Democracy
  31. 31. Advantages of broader contributor groups ● larger group of potential contributors ● ● ● for collecting data for updating data more diverse views of the world Knowledge/data is created in different contexts. What content is regarded relevant? (Elwood 2008; LAM et al. 2011; Callahan & Herring 2011) “'the exclusion and under-representation of information from and about marginalised people and places in existing data records is linked to the ensuing exclusion of their needs and priorities from policy and decision making processes” (Elwood 2008)
  32. 32. Thank you for your attention! http://cartography.tuwien.ac.at/fem2map This work was funded by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) within the structural research program FEMtech fFORTE. Women who made OpenStreetMap | FLOSSIE 2013 | 8-9 November 2013 | London 34

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