This 25-min educational video documentary introduces the practice of participatory spatial information management and communication (PGIS) in the development context. It has been designed to introduce development practitioners (technology intermediaries) to the practice of demand-driven PGIS.
In this video, PGIS practice is presented as a continuum starting from community mobilisation to project planning and design, choice of mapping methods and technologies, visualisation of different technologies in diverse ethno-cultural and agro-ecological environments, and finally putting the maps to work in the domains of identity building, self-determination, spatial planning and advocacy.
Ethics and sound attitudes and behaviours are emphasized as cross-cutting imperatives.
An animation showing edits to the OpenStreetMap.org project during 2008. OpenStreetMap is a wiki-style map of the world and this animation displays a white flash each time a way is entered or updated. Some edits are a result of a physical local survey by a contributor with a GPS unit and taking notes, other edits are done remotely using aerial photography or out-of-copyright maps, and some are bulk imports of official data.
OpenStreetMap started in 2004 and the rate of contributions is accelerating with four times as many people contributing to the project in 2008 compared to 2007. During the year, edits were made by some 20,000 individuals and there were bulk imports of data for many places, including the USA, India, Italy and Belarus which are clearly visible in the animation. (wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Potential_Datasources)
Using case studies, two experts explore the feasibility of implementing alternative local currencies in this session at PICNIC '09.
Artist and cultural activist Christian Nold presents the Bijlmer Bank Project and examines how trust networks function in a prototype system for an alternative local currency that could support local development and work in conjunction with the Euro.
Activist Oliver Dudok van Heel discusses The Lewes Pound Project and how the introduction of a local currency impacted the socio-economic situation in the town of Lewes.