- Community Maps
- Citizen Science
- Geographical Analysis & Visualisation
Science in the City is a year long project that is being carried out with residents in the Barbican and Mansell Street, in the City of London. Mapping for Change are providing support and training to enable communities to measure and map air quality in their local area with the ultimate aim of raising awareness of the challenges, solutions and shared responsibilities linked to the City’s air quality.
Funded under the Swiss Block Grant, Mapping for Change in collaboration with the Centre for Training and Personal Development MERITUM, the Cultural Authority City of Gardens and Highways 4 Elements will carry out a two year training programme during which participants will apply the participatory mapping process to address sustainable development issues in the Silesia region of Poland.
Mapping for Change has joined forces with the University of Udine (Italy) and the University of Oulu (Finland) on a Learning Exchange Project that aims to explore which kind of contribution informal learning, in the context of social housing, could reinforce social cohesion, active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, gender equality and personal fulfilment.
The Big Lottery Fund in England is investing up to £200 million in 100-150 neighbourhoods and the area of Northfleet has been chosen as one of the first 50 of those communities. Mapping for Change developed an online interactive map where community members can add all the good things as well as visualise places that need to be improved using the Big Local fund.
In an innovative approach to tackling air pollution, MfC and UCL have been supporting communities across London to measure and map local air quality. Using a ‘citizen science’ approach, local residents have been able to see real results and have now embarked on a campaign to demand the seriousness of the issue be addressed.
A group of parents were not happy with the lack of good secondary schools in their area. MfC provided Geographical Analysis and Visualisation on a map so the group could use it as an evidence of deprivation to claim for Local Schools for Local Children.
It started with three local projects, two of them ‘Climate Action Maps’, in Newcastle upon Tyne and north Dorset which have now been supplemented by a map of larger climate projects in London that then became absorbed into the UK map. Many groups have added themselves to the map since then and over 500 are now displayed.
In an innovative approach to tackling noise pollution residents in one of London's noisiest neighbourhoods have decided to tackle the issue by conducting their own noise mapping surveys. With training and GIS support from Mapping for Change local people have seen real results from this "citizen science" approach.
A pilot project working with three primary schools in Tower Hamlets to develop child centered views of the local community and raise awareness of issues around sustainability.
Residents in the Pepys Estate expressed concerns over local air quality. They had particular concerns over the mechanical break-up of vehicles, large goods vehicles servicing the scrap yard and local traffic, which were seen as potential sources of pollution. Local residents decided to do an air quality mapping survey, which was presented to the Local Authority to take actions.
Mapping for Change through a series of workshops, focused group meetings and field days have been working with the community to develop an on-line community map.
North Dorset and Newcastle upon Tyne have been the two places chosen to develop these new 'green maps' of action by local communities to tackle climate change.
In December/January 2009 a pilot project was carried out in Ziguinchor, Senegal to trial the use of interactive map making as a way for students in Africa and the UK to creatively communicate and strengthen their school links.