lyzedudley 4 years ago
ActivityRank: 106
Was great to meet you all in person last week and put faces to names! I was wondering if there were any further thoughts on sharing templates etc across project areas. I would really like to do some mapping like the Lea Valley...
Tom Payne 4 years ago
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I'd be interested to know more about the mapping work in the Lea Valley too. 

What kinds of things come to mind when you think of mapping in the Shipley?
lyzedudley 4 years ago
ActivityRank: 106
I would like to do a geographical mapping of the waterways and how the movement of the water has changed or has it? Also a cultural mapping of urban development and growth, finally I am in the process of mapping current projects, organisations and professional meetings across the are...I was hoping to have some kind of framework across the project and thought the Lea Valley looked quite succinct...What about yourself? I just came back from a trip to Tywyn by the way....totally breathtaking!

Simon Read 4 years ago
ActivityRank: 32
The Lea Valley is in fact pretty complex what with water supply, flood relief channel, navigation, habitat sewerage and waste control, tidal and non tidal. It does promise to be an intriguing interface.
Tom Payne 4 years ago
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cheers Simon, what platform is being used to create it?
Antony Lyons 4 years ago
ActivityRank: 138
Just reactivating this line of enquiry

Citizen mapping is strong in Bristol, and it will be interesting to see how Hydrocitizenship (Water-City-Bristol) might interface with some of this activity.

I quote here from some of the web-sources:

"Know your Bristol is a collaborative project between the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council and several Bristol community groups. The project aims to enable people to explore, research and co-create Bristol history, heritage and culture using digital tools.

Building on the success of working with communities to enrich the Know Your Place map, Know Your Bristol set out to achieve a wider ‘impact’: to connect with more Bristol residents, but especially those whose stories tended to be absent from official histories and maps of the city. With this aim in mind, the project assumed its current name and form: Know Your Bristol on the Move. (KYBM)... commenced in October 2013 and is funded by the AHRC...

 ‘On The Move’ arises from a desire to work collaboratively with a more diverse grouping of Bristol residents and the realization that in order to do so the project needed to go mobile. As well as signalling the mobility of the project, ‘On The Move’ also signals our interest in mobility as a concept to be investigated. Through the project we ask two central questions on this theme:

1. How does mobility and longer histories of dwelling affect people’s senses of place?
2. How can the collection, interconnection and presentation of contemporary, crowd-sourced digital materials generate new understandings of history on the move?


At the centre of Know Your Bristol on the Move is the desire to create knowledge with and for the various community groups who are involved in the project. Whereas academics often occupy the position of ‘expert’ in university-community relationships, we aim to acknowledge and utilise the multiple forms of expertise that communities and academics bring to the table."

Of particular interest to Water-City-Bristol may be this strand (as its a priority area for one of our key community partners):

We are working with Southville CDA, the Greater Bedminister Community Partnership and the Dame Emily Park Project team to explore the histories of place in Bedminister/Southville, focused specifically around Dame Emily Park. Crowd-sourcing oral histories, undertaking historical research and co-producing historical interpretation in situ lie at the heart of this project that explores the shifting meanings of place and how the past impacts present and future use of space."

Dr Nathan Eisenstadt, University of Bristol is involved with KYBM:
"Building on my experience of community organising in Bristol and the methods of reflexive critique developed through the course of my doctoral research, my role in KYBM is two-fold. I assist the project to run smoothly, helping to make connections between the various strands and partners and co-developing projects with the strand leaders. I also work to cultivate critical reflection on the project, calling into question the methods and concepts deployed and their ethical implications. As part of this critical component, I am conducting some research about the process of co-production enacted through KYBM. Through this process I intend to identify and share key learnings and challenges in order to contribute to future ‘tools led’ co-production experiments. In particular, I am interested in the ways in which ethics are embodied in practice through workshops, conversations and everyday encounters."

Katherine Jones 4 years ago
ActivityRank: 144
Thanks for that Antony... A few more things to add to the mix. I will post individual blogs about some of these things at a later date, but just to accumulate a few things here for potential discussion. 

Bristol-based mapping 

Firstly just wanted to quickly mention that Luci Gorell Barnes who has kindly shared her writings on here ran a very interesting and nice event called the Big Draw at the M Shed on October 26th, using maps as well as other materials to give visitors to the event the opportunity to map out what was important to them in the city.  

To reiterate the Know Your Bristol project is very interesting and the map produced can be seen here: http://maps.bristol.gov.uk/knowyourplace/  

This appears to be done in GIS with several different layers available. It's possible to contribute things to the map using a link on the page, I don't know whether they get checked before being added. 

A non-cartographic but community based cultural mapping type thing based in Bristol: http://www.watershed.co.uk/dshed/bristol-stories/preview

Currently there is also an exhibition on at the Arnolfini called Promise Bristol http://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/the-promise. Though the opportunities for community engagement and involvement in this project are limited (post-it notes on a wall in a family-focused room), there are some very creative maps on display which take elements of the city and mix and match and re-interpret them in really creative ways. Doing this draws attention in my mind to the fact that cartographic maps are always sending a message depending on what they depict, how things are related to each other, details, features, boundaries, and so on (for a good book about this see John Pickles History of Spaces). This is something I believe needs to be taken into consideration when using base maps for cultural mapping exercises, alongside the types of materials, prompts, questions and so on that are used to elicit community responses to maps. 

Some novel technological approaches to mapping

I also recently read about two quite novel approaches to mapping, bio-mapping and 'robotic feral authoring'. Bio-mapping is something done by the artist Christian Nold http://www.softhook.com/ and involves using lie detectors attached to people to capture their changes in heart-rate/sweating as they move through the urban environment. On the maps they then write down what it was that affected them. Example can be seen here: http://www.sf.biomapping.net/map.htm. Christian's website also includes 'sensory deprivation maps' in which people were blindfolded and led through neighbourhoods, recording their reflections based on other senses. Some interesting ideas there. 

Robotic feral authoring is something used by the company Proboscis http://socialtapestries.net/feralrobots/ and involves sending out robots into urban environments to do various forms of bio-testing, e.g. for air quality. The maps produced are then combined with local knowledge of places with the idea being that the robotically-gathered 'evidence' will empower local people to do things or request things be done in their environments. 

These latter two projects do seem quite tech-focused and in some ways problematic because of this, but they are interesting ideas to think about in case elements of them might be incorporated... 

Mapping freed from geographical / cartographic representations

Finally, Iain's talk on deep mapping, and other discussions we've been having have drawn attention to the fact that mapping doesn't always mean mapping in a cartographic sense. The Bristol stories project above is kind of an example this, as are the very interesting examples, often involving performances or material site-specific projects that Iain mentioned in his talk (which can be viewed here: http://www.hydrocitizens.com/talks/7590808)

Mapping can be issue-based without being geographically-based, something to consider when thinking about the inter-connectedness of water issues. The Bristol team has been experimenting with a 'mind-mapping' approach using a program called inspiration. This allows for a broader look at water issues as well as community issues and has potential to be used with communities to map what is important to them in terms of their relationships with water. 

Katherine Jones 3 years ago
ActivityRank: 144
In relation to 'creative mapping' I've just seen this seminar series and workshop advertised. Christian Nold is involved in the workshop, which I'd like to go to but I will be far, far away from London then unfortunately. Perhaps other hydrocitizens are around and might like to attend: Living Maps Network: Digital Humanities Seminar Series and Workshop

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