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Benjamin Brownell

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A new Metamaps peer production!

I've been working closely with +Ishan Shapiro and others from our network to design, test, and strategize a solution set for the Real Economy Lab project launched recently in coordination with +New Economics Foundation and Transition Network of the UK.

Below is the beta website we've put together with some of our insights and methods, including an embedded metamap topic view. In addition, you'll notice a Kumu.io map which gives a nicely interactive graph viz of some of the data we're starting to work with.

This project has the potential to grow into a large coordinated development effort to build and customize a full-featured community knowledge graph and sense-making environment for this domain. Right now, we're exploring what's technically possible and practically manageable in terms of a feature set and experience design. Got ideas? Input, feedback, suggestions, references all welcome!

We'll follow up with more news and notes here as plans and progress are made. For now, I hope this inspires additional exploratory mapping along these lines! You'll find a bunch of related content already on the metamaps platform. Try searching "REL" to begin. Please create and contribute thoughtfully :)
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One last post. I've been part of an Information Visualization MOOC hosted by Indiana University since Jan. This link shows the goals of the project and work completed so far. It illustrates potential of finding manpower and talent in  universities to support this work. http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com/group/technologyinternswithtutormentorconnection/forum/topics/information-for-2015-information-visualization-mooc-hosted-by-ind
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Metamaps
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Meet the new and improved version of Metamaps - updates are now live on http://metamaps.cc. Check it out!

Once you're signed in, go ahead to your account settings and upload a user avatar image. Try out realtime with other mappers, explore the new filter functionality and get a feel for it!

We're still working on some loose ends, and will be sharing out more details, specifics of some new features, as well as tutorials in coming days.

In the meantime, head on over to our new knowledge base & user forum at http://support.metamaps.cc , and feel free to submit ideas, feedback, suggestions, as well as vote on new ideas, through the new 'feedback' widget on Metamaps.cc.

Have fun exploring - we look forward to you ideas, suggestions & feedback!
Metamaps.cc is a free and open source web platform that supports real-time sense-making and distributed collaboration between individuals, communities and organizations. Using an intuitive graph-based interface, Metamaps.cc helps map out networks of people, ideas, resources, stories, experiences ...
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Metamaps
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We're releasing the new and improved Metamaps this sunday - the result of months of focused effort from our team to bring the platform to a new level of utility, usability and performance.

We've also secured some celebrity sponsorship - meet our new spokesanimal, the Metamonkey. We hope you're as excited about the launch as he is!
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Let's see. I believe I can find my way.
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Ishan Shapiro
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I am super stoked to share that +Connor Turland, +Marija Coneva and I have been accepted into the Imagination Catalyst accelerator from +OCAD University in Toronto!! Imagination Catalyst is a year-long accelerator program which will help us get to the next stage of development on Veqtor, Metamaps.cc and all that relates to our work. They will provide us with mentorship, office space, relationships and access to OCAD's labs and materials!

OCAD is Canada's "university of imagination. Founded in 1876, we're dedicated to art and design education, practice and research." This is only Imagination Catalyst 2nd year in existence. I think it's really exciting to build connections between OCAD and the University of Waterloo (which has also been supporting our work), as well as all the incredible people and projects who have been accepted in our cohort. We can't wait to get to know the Toronto community better as well as everyone at OCAD!
Welcome to the Imagination Catalyst. The Imagination Catalyst is OCAD U's entrepreneurship and commercialization hub. Our mission is to help OCAD U entrepreneurs launch new enterprises or commercialize their designs, products and services, as well as play a strong supporting role in the creation ...
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Congratulations! And yey for metamaps.
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Ishan Shapiro
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We are being showcased at Toronto Digifest 2014 (http://torontodigifest.ca) at the beginning of May as a representative of the University of Waterloo (Connor being still enrolled as a student there). We made a poster describing the Metamaps project there, which is going to be printed as a 6 foot tall poster! You'll also see a hint in it as to where we plan on taking our interface in the coming months!!

Right now Connor, Marija and I are in Waterloo where we're working hard on the next phase of the project. More info and outputs from this coming soon!
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Great going. 
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Metamaps
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Hey everyone! We've held off on making wider announcement of these recent changes on the site until they were relatively stable and complete. Time now to get the word out!

We hope you have a chance to hop on to a map and check out the updates. Altogether, the mapping experience is significantly smoother and more accessible. Give it a whirl and see what you think! We've been fine tuning several things up through this past week, and will continue to make small improvements. We're pleased with the progress to date and would love to get your feedback.

If you're feeling at all tentative about trying to map, take a look at the short tutorial video to get you started. Watch for more advanced tutorials, guides and online workshops to come. There's a lot of new info about the project packed in to the platform itself now, if you poke around in the Main Menu area (lower left).

Seen any nifty maps lately? We've started featuring especially interesting and exemplary maps on the home page. Take a look, and please make suggestions here if you have any favorite maps that deserve more attention.

This post also coincides with +Marija Coneva, +Connor Turland and +Ishan Shapiro setting off on a cross-country road trip from San Francisco to Waterloo, Ontario, so connectivity and response times may be a little slow in coming days! 

There is a known issue that might happen for some of you upon trying to visit the site, where you'll get a 'page not found' error - if this happens, clear you cookies - if you're not sure how to do this, email us at feedback@metamaps.cc and we'll get you sorted immediately!
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Connor Turland
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For quite some time metamaps.cc hasn't seen many interesting developments to the platform itself. We've had our attention elsewhere, focused on formulating the understandings, agreements, and models that we can use to carry forward and expand this work together, laying the foundations for collaboration. Recently we've switched gears again though, into 'ship a platform update mode', that we'll be bringing to the site by early February! We're focusing on providing a serious improvement to the overall mapper experience, especially on the map pages itself, with a couple of important missing features thrown in. The people super active in the site update are +Benjamin Brownell +Robert Best +Marija Coneva +Ishan Shapiro  and myself, we're deep into the work everyday at the moment, and having a great time with it. For +Benjamin Brownell and I, getting the site update done before we leave Black Mountain SOLE (http://bmsole.org) in early February will be an important milestone. Along with this little heads up about the update we wanted to engage anyone here, our community, with a little question (and opportunity): If you could pick just one thing that you would recommend that we change or add to the metamaps platform, what would it be? 
Just leave your ideas in a comment on this post, and you never know, you just might see it in the release. 
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Thanks Dante, I'll be in person with Ishan in SF by tonight, and I feel like we'll have some bandwidth to talk about what you've shared here and get back to you pretty soon finally about this!
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Ishan Shapiro
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Below is a description of the workshop we're running at DIYdays LA. We'll have a session on the 16th on DIYdays, and on the 15th and 18th, we'll be mapping in Reboot Labs, where we'll tackle some angles on the future of LA with +lance weiler and +Ele Jansen - 

METAMAPPING – A LOOK AT MINING COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE
Ishan Shapiro & Marija Coneva

Come and help us map – not geography, but the future! Using Metamaps.cc as a process and a platform for expanding our perceptible future horizons, participants will enter an experiment to harness our collective intellect and scale our abilities to sensemake the complex issues that face us today. Through creative conversation and playful knowledge generation games, we’ll explore how to critically map, model and evaluate complex systems and get one step closer to taking ideas into action. If you want to be one of the metamappers during the workshop, bring a laptop!


Here's the rest of the program - if you're in or around LA come, it'll be an excellent event:

http://la.diydays.com/program/
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hot damn Yann i like the way you think :) i'll see if i can get something set up that will facilitate remote collaboration, not promising but we'll move towards there...
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rama shapiro

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New Official Forum Release Beta Soon! Better make an account now!
Note: We are still in Beta, so we are adding more every day!  


Yours,
 Rama Shapiro or Poietic's Bro
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thanks +rama shapiro! everyone meet my 10 year old little brother :-) he recently used Metamaps in his book report - with the teacher giving him an A+, and said she was able to "understand the map", and expressing interest in exploring metamaps more..

...this is a really interesting line of inquiry that i hope others will explore with us..

in meantime Rama I love the initiative you've shown in setting up the forum all on your own, feel free to sign up everybody! there's even some metacoins and metagems Rama's configuring as reward incentives! :)
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Devin Howard

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Hi friends

There's going to be a 2 hour planned server outage on March 8 from 4am to 6am GMT (EST: March 7 at 11pm-1am). There are some critical server vulnerabilities that need to be patched, apparently!

Happy mapping!
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Ishan Shapiro
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I'm happy to announce that we've launched a mapping in initiative with +OuiShare! OuiShare is a global community and think and do-tank. Their mission is to build and nurture a collaborative society by connecting people, organizations and ideas around fairness, openness and trust.

OuiShare activities consist of building community, producing knowledge and incubating projects around the topics of communities and the collaborative economy, as well as offering support to individuals and organizations through professional services and education.

The Ouishare Metamaps initiative will create a community, crowd-sourced knowledge graph using the open-source sensemaking platform Metamaps.cc. It is a way for people to find and connect with relevant projects, reveal hidden and implicit cross-community connections, and synthesize insights about the collaborative economy ecosystem that can help to inform decision-making and collaborative action.

If you would like to get involved as a knowledge weaver or get to know more about the initiative, let us know!

Thanks to +Auli K +Francesca Pick +Khushboo Balwani  +Jocelyn Ibarra at OuiShare for your advocacy and support of this initiative!
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+Daniel Bassill That's a really neat idea!  Hm, okay how could we merge map functionality?  Also not to metion the devil, but that company... the evil one-- what's it called? CIA-funded data vis house?  On the tip of my tongue....
https://www.palantir.com/

They release open source code.  We should examine it carefully.... and think about automated map merges.  
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Marija Coneva

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This is a sneak preview for a short video for Metamaps.cc that is currently in post-production. The process of creating it has been a lot of fun, experimentation and learning which has helped us  think quite laterally, synthesize some of our ideas and represent them visually. We are planning on sharing it about the same time we push the updates to the platform we have been working on! ;) Loads of fun surprises coming soon to your living room - or wherever you keep your machines.
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Ishan Shapiro
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Meta'hack!

This last weekend +Marija Coneva +Connor Turland and I organized a hackathon/dev sprint for Metamaps.cc at the Felt Lab, an interactive technology space in Waterloo that has served us as our temporary office and workspace while we've been here. We made great progress on advancing the Metamaps mobile app (hint hint: rich media uploading!) over the course of the two days.

Its exciting to be working in the same physical space with so many people on Metamaps and we hope to run more of these in different locations in the future. Thanks to everyone who participated, you all made it happen +Malcolm Ocean +Alessandro Marin +John Meade +Raymon Johnstone +Robert Best +Janet Barrett  +Kevin Hiepleh +Danielle Thompson!

Also thanks to REAP for their ongoing support in sponsoring the hackathon!
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Ishan Shapiro
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Just thought I'd like to share a fun piece of news - as we posted here before, we were showcased at Toronto Digifest along with 40 other projects, representing 13 universities across Ontario.

There were six categories, including mixed media, interactive, animation & gaming, and social innovation. We fell into the social innovation category :-)

Turns out we took home the award for "Best Overall Project" out of all 40 projects! This is really encouraging for our team as the value that Metamaps.cc brings to the web is getting so much clearer.

We're grateful to the University of Waterloo and especially David Goodwin, Diane Williamson and the team at REAP for supporting us to make this happen.

Onwards!
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Bravo! great news and well deserved..
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Ishan Shapiro
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I'm reporting from Waterloo, Ontario, where +Connor Turland, +Marija Coneva and I will be working from for the next few months. This comes on the heels of Connor spending a month with Marija and I in San Francisco, and after an epic 10 day roadtrip across the country.

I've got a couple of good pieces of news to share about Metamaps.cc - firstly there's two opportunities that we've got coming up in the next months...

Firstly, Metamaps.cc will be representing the University of Waterloo in the Student Showcase at Digifest Toronto - Canada's premiere digital festival. Marija, Connor and Ishan will be attending the three day event and manning a booth where we'll be demoing Metamaps.cc to passersby throughout the event! We're very excited to be able to participate in this event.

http://www.torontodigifest.ca/2014/

The second is that a workshop and paper proposal on Metamaps.cc was accepted at an international symposium entitled Mapping Culture: Communities, Sites and Stories, that will take place in Coimbra, Portugal at the end of May. We're not certain we're going to actually be able to attend, but will definitely be submitting a full paper and at the very least presenting remotely. 

http://www.ces.uc.pt/eventos/mappingculture/
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Great news Ishan! Congratulations!)
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Benjamin Brownell

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Here's a fresh blog entry I wrote to recap the last few months' work (and play) on Metamaps with Connor at Black Mountain. Lots to reflect and build on, I encourage you to join the conversation and expand the map! What's most alive, relevant, helpful, enticing, tangible here today? What kind of value would you like to help catalyze as we go forward? So be it - this new game board is open for play :)
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Metamaps
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As mentioned here last week, we've been working on a set of updates to the Metamaps.cc platform which are now mostly published to the site. This is an interim upgrade while we continue to work on the next generation of the platform. What we have been focusing on is lowering the barrier of entry to mapping, optimizing some performance issues and generally making it more intuitive and user-friendly.

We're really stoked for these improvements, and will have much more to say about them once we've finalized a few items during this week of field testing. Meanwhile, we'll have some bugs on the platform, so bear with us while we sort them out and let us know if there's any pressing needs you have for mapping so that we can try to accommodate those. Note that there's some changes to the usual map screen controls, primarily the menu items (locate new user menu in upper right corner) and the opening of topic cards (double click on metacode). Visit an updated version of the Manual map for some pointers, and please check in here with any issues!
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Just a quick update on this, we've been actively continuing to work on some refinements to the platform, and they'll be going up this weekend! In the meantime hang in there :)
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Benjamin Brownell

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Here's a short video piece I produced with +Connor Turland outlining his big-picture view of the Metamaps project to date. It's an ambitious vision, but the work is already well underway! Catch some additional detail on current events, context, and direction, at accompanying blog post here:

http://blog.metamaps.cc/new-frontiers/
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Ishan Shapiro
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today marks exactly a year since Connor and I launched a very alpha version of Metamaps.cc.

we've only just begun, and we've got a long ways to go. personally this is some of the most meaningful work I could imagine myself involved in doing, and i'm grateful for the opportunity to continue this journey with all of you.

thank you everyone who is and continues to be a part of this growing community and ecosystem.
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Congrats! :D
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Ishan Shapiro
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I just wrote up a new blog post that gives a somewhat clearer picture (i hope) of the main trajectories that we're on with development. There are some important distinctions that we make in here about the visions behind Metamaps.

We're making an effort to open up our communication even more in terms of this evolving vision, so look forward to more posts soon!
I figured its about time that we define a little bit better the trajectory of Metamaps.cc and the vision that's driving us forward in development. Implicit in addressing this are the personal roles of the people most closely involved in this project. Last October, Connor and I started off ...
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got it - i'll dive in today..
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