Maps are intuitive and powerful visualization tools for communicating stories, experiences, and knowledge of the place. Map-making can be both empowering and a tool of control, and the practice was traditionally privileged as a domain for experts only. In recent years there have been significant gains in democratizing access to spatial data and mapping technologies. Participatory mapping, an area seeking to include and empower marginalized populations in mapping, has been given increasing attention. Participatory mapping approaches provide a bridge for communities to engage in mapping, share knowledge, create data, and value community-based knowledge as data.
Come to this workshop to learn how to use Google Earth and a participatory mapping approach called Direct to Digital (D2D) to map community knowledge. The method was created by the Firelight Group for mapping Indigenous traditional knowledge and with its emphasis on principles of Indigenous data sovereignty, and its ability to visualize how people understand, experience, interact and move about their environments, D2D is particularly suited for mapping knowledge in the context of community-engaged research.
*No prior GIS or mapping experience is required.
*Light refreshments will be served during the workshop.