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Second Maps for Making Change Workshop: Using Geographical Mapping Techniques to Support Struggles for Social Justice in India

by Anja Kovacs last modified Oct 05, 2015 03:09 PM
The second workshop of the Maps for Making Change project will take place at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, from 1 until 3 February 2010. The workshop will allow a select group of activists and supporters of social movements and campaigns in India to start developing digital maps that they can use in their advocacy work, under the expert guidance of international digital mapping rights activists, Indian mapping experts, design professionals and techies with an interest in activism. The workshop is organised by the Centre for Internet and Society and Tactical Tech, in cooperation with MediaShala at NID.

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Feb 01, 2010 02:30 AM to
Feb 03, 2010 12:30 PM


National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

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080 4092 6283


Facilitators are:
Lars Bromley, Science and Human Rights Program at the AAAS; Henry Addo, Ushahidi; Hardeep Singh Rai, Professor in Strutural Engineering and OSM evangalist; Alagesa Pandian, MapUnity; Pratyush Shankar, Professor in Architecture; MP Ranjan, Professor in Industrial Design; Jignesh Khakhar, Professor in New Media Design.
Organisers and facilitators:
Anja Kovacs, Centre for Internet and Society; Kate Morioka, Tactical Tech; Himanshu Khatri, MediaShala; Sumiran Pandya, MediaShala; Chiranjit Bhora, MediaShala, and all the others of the MediaShala team.
Technical and Other Assistance:
Arky Ambati; Sajjad Anwar; Kiran Jonnalagadda.
Tupur Chattopadhyay, Breakthrough; Anshuman Bhardwaj, Environics Trust; Sebastian Rodrigues, Mand-Gakwed; Arati Chokshi, PUCL; Swagat Sen, independent filmmaker; Kaveri, Coorg Organisation for Rural Development; Kakoli Sen, Painter; Khalid Wasim, PhD scholar at ISEC; Devanshi Kumar, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action; Ram Bhat, Maraa; Sumandro Chattapadhyay, independent researcher; Shibayan Raha, Students for a Free Tibet; Yashaswini Raghunandan, independent filmmaker; Manish Kumar, The Ant; Pradeep BV, MapUnity; Isha Aggarwal, student at Delhi University; Alykhan Mohamed and Manoj Manji, Hunnarshala Foundation; Peeyush Sekhsaria and Thara Thomas, Handesign; Aashika Jain, student at NIFT; Tara Atluri, Researcher at Delhi University; Ponni Arasu, Housing and Land Rights Network; Prinson Joseph, SPACE.

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The aims of the workshop are to:


  • explore in depth tools and techniques for mapping

  • assist participants in starting to develop their own maps in the context of the projects that they have suggested

  • help participants identify important design concerns and elements of their project that require attention at an early stage if they are to communicate effectively


By the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

  • identify which mapping tools best suit their project

  • identify additional data required to complete their mapping project

  • make informed choices about issues relating to privacy, licensing, etc

  • independently continue to develop their own maps using the tools they have explored during the workshop
  • apply core concerns of information design to their mapping project to maximise its effectiveness and impact


The provisional programme of the workshop is as follows:

Monday 1 February




Breakfast and registration at NID





Welcome and introductions (icebreaker) - Anja Kovacs & Kate Morioka





Opening plenary - Lars Bromley:

“Mapping the truth: how geo-technologies are uncovering human rights violations and injustice”



11.30 – 1.00


Morning Session - MediaShala team:

“Information Design: the art of making campaigning messages visually compelling”


1.00 – 2.15




2.15 – 3.15


Project Time - All:

revising project scope based on morning sessions (audience, purpose, objectives)


3.15 – 4.30


Afternoon 'Lab' Sessions (choose ONE)

Elective 1. Using Google Maps for Social Activism - Henry Addo

Elective 2. Mapping with Open Layers- Alagesa Pandian





4.30 – 5.00



5.00 – 6.15


Elective 1. Advanced GIS- Lars Bromley

 Elective 2. GPS Basics - Hardeep Singh Rai, with Arky and Sajjad




Evening Circle - Anja Kovacs



6.30 – 7.30


Free Time / Knowledge Sharing @ Speakers' Green



7.30 – 9.00

(open invite)


Film screening: “10 Tactics: Turning Information into Action” - Kate Morioka.

This film produced by Tactical Tech explores how rights advocates around the world have used information and digital technologies to create change. 


9.00 – 10.00





Tuesday 2 February



7.30 – 9.00

Breakfast (Hotel)





Morning Circle - Anja Kovacs



9.30 – 11.30


Guest Speakers

“The experiences of Ushahidi” - Henry Addo

“An Introduction to Open Street Maps for Activism” - Mikel Maron (online)




11.30 – 1.00


Participatory mapping process and techniques - Kate Morioka



1.00 – 2.15




2.15 – 4.00

Project Time - All:

identifying methodology and technical implementation of participants' mapping projects





4.00 – 5.00


Break/ Knowledge Sharing @ Speakers' Green





Elective 1. Google Earth for Advocacy - Henry Addo

Elective 2. An Introduction to Open Street Maps - Hardeep Singh Rai






Evening Circle - Anja Kovacs



6.30 – 7.30


Free time



7.30 – 9.00


Exploring the Ahmedabad Markets



9.00 – 10.30


Dinner at Vishala


Wednesday 3 February



7.30 – 9.00

Breakfast (Hotel)





Morning Circle - Anja Kovacs



9.30 – 11.15


Panel Discussion

“To Map or Not to Map: Issues of privacy, licensing and other rights-related concerns”

Followed by a group discussion



11.15 – 11.45





11.45 – 1.00


Introduction to GIS and remote sensing for human rights advocacy - Lars Bromley


1.00 – 2.15





2.15 – 3.45


Project Time - All

time to work on individual projects and obtain feedback from fellow participants and facilitators








4.15 – 4.45


Closing Plenary - Pratyush Shankar




4.45 – 5.30


Evaluation - Madhuresh Kumar

Briefing on the next workshop - Anja Kovacs

Close - Anja Kovacs and Kate Morioka



Assistant Facilitators: Arky Ambati and Sajjad Anwar

Technical Assistance: Kiran (Jace) Jonnalagadda