No Bulletin added yet.
No Discussion added yet.
No album created yet.
There are no videos added yet
Betty, Saturday, 09 April 2011 12:29
Ok, so I'm probably quite a good person to be involved with this project as if I can understand it and use it (the sluggish technofobe that i kinda am) then hopefully most peeps will be able to use! Of the two potential platforms Jamie has recommended: http://www.mappingforchange.org.uk/ - based on google maps http://www.openecomaps.co.uk/ - based on open street map I really liked the 'mapping for change' one, it seemed the most intuitive. The zoom function is easy to use. The symbols you can click on and tick the things u want to view on and off. You can instantly see clusters of symbols on the map for 'useful' stuff. There weren't that many created maps though and they could be better used! I suppose its important to get as many people contributing as possible. The Archway one could definitely be better used. No events in Archway?! (that wouldn't be the case for Stokey!:)) I have some mates in Archway so i'll send to them. It's also a shame a lot of the maps created were London-centric so I'll forward the link to a couple of peeps beyond the M25!! http://www.openecomaps.co.uk/ - based on open street map the openmaps This one was hard to comment on as i just don't think has been used much, i tried to click on the Transition town Exeter link and i just couldn't see anything?! maybe there is stuff there and I'm just not using it properly. It's hard to learn how to use something if there aren't easy to follow examples...(I'm clearly happy to be told otherwise!) As Jamie has said this one is really well used, http://www.justiceinthegreen.org.uk/ obviously if you have a real need like consultation for the olympics, then it will get used more! I couldn't spot that people have used mapping for useful local services like dentists, doctors surgeries, libraries etc. I think one of the 'maps' i'd like to make on the stokey one (altho i'm technically out of catchment area!) is of local dentists, doctors, libraries and their opening times, (when they do sign-up in the case of doctors- as i haven't had a doctor for the last 5 years or a dentist in about the last 15 which can't be a good thing!) I think it would be good to think and for everyone to contribute to a list and comment on suggestions for things/services available in the community we want to 'map'. For instance we may want to map alternate therapies like Reiki or massage or whatever, not just normal doctors surgeries, but what would our criteria be for mapping something? Would we need to link to a 'reviews' section something like Qype http://www.qype.co.uk/place/64786-Stoke-Newington-Farmers-Market-London , and maybe have a discliamer that anything 'mapped' is not being endorsed by the TT? Clearly I can see that communities wanting to try to be more sustainable might want to know where the open spaces etc. are, and to map things like the fruit trees you've already got mapped on this site:) I really liked the cheesy line on the 'Mapping for change' site: 'Maps don’t just show you where you are: they show you where you can go!' It is good to think of what might be possible... Just thoughts to help the ball rolling ....