Information is more than ever geolocated, but who decides what we see on maps? who curates that information? Maps have never been neutral, but now they are ubiquitous.
This session will be a hands on workshop to enter the maps world and understand how communities can produce and edit their own maps (with openstreetmap.org) and edit and curate information above them (meipi.org).
The workshop will explore ways to integrate critical maps created in other platforms and websites.
Have you ever wanted to make your own map but you didn't know how? Do you want to use your GPS/smart phone? People usually approach maps as inert things, as invariable objects. Now, it's easy to make your own maps and meanwhile understand that maps are not neutral, that Google Maps is not The Map, but just another map. GPS devices and smart phones, DIY aerial cartography (the Public Laboratory), OpenStreetMap map making, are making easier building maps and sharing them. BYO laptop, smartphone or GPS, but if you don't have one, come anyway. Maps can be drawn with a pencil.
Workshop. at AMC. Friday June 29th 2012
Detroit, Michigan. USA