Counter-Cartographies - Approaches, Platforms, Research Tools

Approaches, Platforms, Research Tools

Urban Tapestries: Public Authoring in the Wireless City

'Urban Tapestries is an experimental software platform for knowledge mapping and sharing – public authoring. It combines mobile and internet technologies with geographic information systems to allow people to build relationships between places and to associate stories, information, pictures, sounds and videos with them. Urban Tapestries aims to enable people to become authors of the environment around them – Mass Observation for the 21st Century. Like the founders of Mass Observation in the 1930s, we are interested creating opportunities for an "anthropology of ourselves" – adopting and adapting new and emerging technologies for creating and sharing everyday knowledge and experience; building up organic, collective memories that trace and embellish different kinds of relationships across places, time and communities. It is part of an ongoing research programme of experiments with local groups and communities called Social Tapestries'.