Emotional maps are known as a concept mainly within the western geography school. Maps have power to present spatial information in understandable and widely accepted form to general public. Mental maps and mental mapping are activities usually used in the first phases of the community mapping and the process of creating the knowledge about the common space and our environment.
Emotional maps allow users to get involved in the process of collecting information related to their emotional links with their environment. The idea is grounded within the GeoParticipation – using spatial tools in order to involved citizen in community participation.
Me and my colleague Ondřej Růžička, who is very talented programmer, came with an online application which allows user to collect (crowdsource) data about emotions. Users can mark points, lines and polygons on the map, without any needs of registration or user accounts. These data are later available in GeoJson format, which we can easily open in QGIS (open-source, of course).
Currently we are testing the platform with Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic platform, but we will be happy to share it with other possible users. I am about to write a paper about the platform by the end of August, so any relevant data/testing/comments, are highly appreciated. The application can of course be used to collect any other data – noise, POIs, voting pasterns, sociological data, etc. I will let this to you imagination.
More information about emotional cartography can be found at:
- BioMapping (Christian Nold) – http://biomapping.net/
- Emotional Cartography (Christian Nold) – http://emotionalcartography.net/
- Book GeoParticipace (CZ) – http://www.development.upol.cz/geoparticipace/