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Think global, map local: new digital tools for community map makers

Over the last 8 months Tacit Tacit has been testing the Green Map Platform a new GIS tools designed around the needs of community map makers.

The Green Map Platform has been initiated by Green Map System (GMS), a not-for-profit based in New York, working in collaboration with the GIS collective. The goal of the project is to give all communities access to ethical, online community mapping tools that empower communities to share data about their local area in map form and through the lens of sustainable development.

Since 1997 designer Wendy Brawer, founder of GMS, has been co-ordinating Green Mapping projects in over 64 countries. This work has resulted in the production of thousands of local Green Maps. Green Maps use a unique icon system which has been co-created by community map makers from all around the world. The icons are a visual language that helps people to identify sustainable assets and local challenges.

The development of the Green Map Platform has involved multiple cycles of user testing. People have fed their experiences and ideas back to the developers to create a digital platform that makes Green Map making accessible to for a diverse range of communities.

We have been testing the tools out here in Dunoon through temporary projects like the Dunoon Postcard trail map (see images below) and the Dunoon Reuse, Repair and Care Map here>

In addition we have been working with the GIS Collective to develop training for fellow Green Map makers in Scotland. The training has supported a number of new Green Maps including this one here by the Coalfields Communities Landscape Partnership - East Ayrshire, Scotland>


Also, you can see our talk on Green Mapping delivered as part of the Creative Carbon's Green Tease event in conjunction with Architecture and Design Scotland

An image from the See you in Dunoon postcard trail, Westbay

See you in Dunoon Postcard trail and Green Map, Westbay

Digital Green Map: See you in Dunoon Postcard trail


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