Mapping

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Definition

Mapping involves the visual representation of a personal or community characteristics in relation to geographical features. The exercise allows for the visual representation of the connection between location and personal details such as individual or community values, history, and goals.

Mapping exercises include but are not limited to: Community Relationship Mapping, Personal Meaning Mapping, Community Asset Mapping, Data Mapping, Web Mapping, and Mind Mapping. 

Problems and Purpose

Mapping is a tool that allows community members to visually represent various features such as their values, histories, lived experiences, assets, wants/needs, and relationships. Mapping is often used in participatory planning as a way to get residents to think about what aspects of their community they value and how these can be preserved or strengthened. Mapping is commonly used as a storytelling device since location and geography are essential components of personal history and lived experience. According to John Melcher et al. of Michigan State University: community mapping can be a "dramatic way to establish a common knowledge base among a group of diverse persons concerned with improving or changing outcomes for communities and their residents."[1]

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Participant Recruitment and Selection

 

Deliberation, Decisions, and Public Interaction

 

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

 

Analysis and Lessons Learned

 

Secondary Sources

[1] http://outreach.msu.edu/bpbriefs/issues/brief3.pdf

External Links

Community Mapping: http://outreach.msu.edu/bpbriefs/issues/brief3.pdf

Community Asset Mapping: http://www.tamarackcommunity.ca/library/a-guide-to-community-asset-mapping

Personal Meaning Mapping: https://goo.gl/Z91WS4

Mind Mapping: https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/mind-mapping-advantage-think-creati...

Data Mapping Examples: https://www.ppsr.gov.au/data-mapping-examples

Community Data Mapping: http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~pbd/pdfs/Creating_data_map.pdf 

Web Mapping: https://www.e-education.psu.edu/geog585/node/643

University of Victoria Community Mapping Initiative: http://mapping.uvic.ca/

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