The UVic Community Mapping Collaboratory
August 2013 Update
There's been lots of activity in community mapping over the past months!
- presentations at the Community-University Expo 2013, Corner Brook, Newfoundland this past June with local Gorge-Tillicum neighbourhood partners, grad intern, CMC staff and Wendy Brawer from Green Map
- printing of the new United Way of Greater Victoria, Community Tables: Engaging Neighbours maps for Colwood and Brentwood/Tsartlip areas (officially launch to follow this fall)
- development work for the CRD Community Green Map also to be launched this fall in conjunction with the CMC Community Mapping Roundtable (date and details to be determined)
- Vancouver Island University sponsored a half day Community Mapping workshop in the Spring of 2013
There are continued requests from on-campus research and teaching initiatives and off campus neighbourhood, indigenous, community and local government groups looking for community-based mapping project and development support. CMC co-coordinators Ken Josephson and Maeve Lydon, a new intern / coop student Amy Becker, volunteer Robin Latimer, and Katie Lovely Campus Planning and Sustainability’s summer intern will be working on the Capital Regional District Community Green Map this summer and fall. The CMC will be posting for and hiring a graduate student intern in the fall. Look for postings!
The BIG news is that the Community Mapping Collaboratory was recently awarded a 2013 -2015 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) Partnership Development Grant which will bring together the core elements of the work and build a longer-term platform for sustainability. The proposal is called Mapping our Common Ground: A Community Mapping Collaboratory for Sustainable Planning and Engagement with Dr. Peter Keller, Dean of the UVic Faculty of Social Sciences and past Chair of the Canadian Cartographic Association as the principal investigator.
In local research news, CMC Research participant Brian Thom, assistant professor, UVic, Anthropology is hosting a Google map-up event on Indigenous Mapping Day August 9th in his ethnographic mapping lab.
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In national research news, the University of Toronto Press is publishing a new Teaching Community-based Research. Community Based Mapping: A Tool for Transformation is a chapter by contributing authors Jon Corbett, UBC, Geography and CMC research participant, and Maeve Lydon, CMC staff.
On the global front Maeve Lydon will be presenting the work of the CMC and community mapping in England and Ireland in September 2013, working with UVic, local and national mapping enthusiasts planning for the Living Knowledge Network (LKN) meeting in Denmark in April 9-11th 2014. The hope is to have the UVic, Canadian and indigenous mapping community meet with European and global partners in a sustainability mapping summit connected to the LKN. Scandinavia and Europe have had considerable involvement in community-based and green mapping for many years, tied to academia, community, municipal, national and European-wide sustainability research, action, policy and planning and advocacy initiatives.
For more Information on the CMC, to join the CMC Common Ground Network and to learn more about our projects contact us at email@example.com. Stay tuned for the Fall Community Mapping Roundtable and CRD Community Green Map Launch dates and details.
Ken Josephson and Maeve Lydon – CMC Coordinators
The Common Ground Community Mapping Network
The partnerships and relationships created, and resources compiled over the last 12 years through the rich collaborative projects of Lifecycles' Common Ground Community Mapping Project spawned the ad hoc community mapping office and resource space in Geography at UVic that has evolved into the Community Mapping Initiative.
A number of community and university partners are interested in supporting and participating in the formalized CMI as well as a broader Common Ground Community Mapping Network.