From Peace Corps Wiki
Mappc was started by Will Dickinson in summer 2007 and as of September 2009 all the information on the wiki has been ported into the Peace Corps Corps Wiki and can been found under the category:maps
“Mappc.org” was created with those researching the history of mapping in the Peace Corps in mind. Furthermore, it is designed to spark the imaginations of those future map makers and visionaries that have yet to join PC. The site showcases the skills and accomplishments made by a wide cross section of volunteers over the lifetime of PC. The maps and art show the creativity of Americans living in small communities around the world.
1. A forum for RPCVs, PCVs and people with an interest in maps and the Peace Corps
2. Online galley of some fine pieces of art and many ways the capture the experience of living in a country. Often these are the only personal records that document the way that PCVs interacted with a community. Maps contribute to tracing the history of the development of the Peace Corps and how environments and communities have changed over time. They are also functional for the communities. In order to bring projects, many NGOs require maps of the community. In the earlier days, some volunteers actually mapped land for the first time in the country's history.
3. Institutional memory building
4. Exposure and diffusion of map technology may help the in process of reform and growth at the administrative level of PC, which with intern shape future policy and training.
5. Showcasing the skills and accomplishments made by a wide cross section of volunteers.
6. Spark the imaginations of those future map makers and visionaries that have yet to join PC.
7. A resource to communities, RPCVs, and current PCVs on mapping technology. Including jobs, tech links, and libraries of info.
8. To demonstrate how grassroots map creation can make a small but appreciable change in the overall awareness of the community and their planning activities.
9. Showcase the latest in spatial technologies available in the open source web programming.
Maps by Country
Why else…. there is nothing like it out there….well it meets goal “three” of Peace Corps.
“Dealing with what I could and couldn’t do regarding community planning and trying to reconstruction the history of my site was one of the most frustrating aspects of my PC experience.” -Will Dickinson
Future desires and development
Add additional articles and maps Including helpful tips and useful information Organizing it in such away that it is accessible to those that are searching for information on development strategies. More customized web tools that met the desires of the users.
Featured Pages 2007-2009
March 2009 Featured Page: Madagascar
Faith and Tom, 2007-2009, Madagascar http://blog.faithandtom.com/2009/02/22/the-map-project.aspx?ref=rss
February 2009 Featured Page: Morocco
Unknown Volunteer some where in the Atlas Mountains 2008-2010  2/24/09 Mural Mapping (Map Muraling?) This weekend, we had the third meeting of our group, the Future Leaders of Berberville. We talked about the upcoming tree planting and **painted a world map mural**. They already had a world map with geographical boundaries (although it was flaking badly, and more than one country had been knocked off the map by knocking out the plaster under it - reminded me of the now-headless images of Hatshepsut in her palace in Luxor), plus we wanted to maintain the Environmental Education aspect of the project, so we created a map of world biomes. Polar and Mountain Ice, Tundra, Chapparal, Savannah, Desert, etc. The geography teacher and English teacher worked together Friday night to translate the names for us.
JULY 2008 Featured Page: Turkmenistan
Annie Peirce 2007-2009 []
MARCH 2008 Featured Page: Niger
Leah Wohlsdorf, 2002-2004, Mayahi, Niger.
FEBRUARY 2008 Featured Page: Benin
Chris Starace, 1995-1997, Allada, Benin.
"The concentric circles represent the distance from my house that I could comfortably ride my bike to villages to teach cooperatives small business development. A Mtn. Bike was my only means of transportation and due to the heat, mud and rain, 6-10 miles was all I could do each way. The return trip was usually mid-day and was usually quite hot or very wet. This map was indispensable to me to help me find my way around. In the African bush there certainly are no street signs, and I was never good enough at the local language to ask for directions and understand anything more than a point of the finger." Right. "I lived across the path from [...] one extended family [...] Since there were 40 or so people who lived there, I found it hard to learn everyone's name, figure out how and to whom they were related, and in which house they lived. To help figure this out I drew a simple map of their housing compound and I labeled the parents of each house since one couple and their children lived in each house." -Chris Starace Hand Drawn Community Map
Chris's Documentary DVD http://www.geocities.com/fon_is_fun/DVD.htm Chris's 2004 photos http://www.friends-of-benin.org/Chris-s-photos-7.04.htm
JANUARY 2008 Featured Page: El Salvador
Nuevo Eden de San Juan
Chris Delcher, 1998-2000, Nuevo Eden de San Juan.
(Left) Funding for a latrine project: Red symbols show households with no latrines in the area around the central plaza. I made this map because it was an application for funding requirement of the Pan American Health Organization.
(Right) Our group had this map of El Salvador commissioned for a T-shirt. Created by one of the PCVs, it shows a machine gun transforming into a corn-stalk representing peace after the civil war. The San Salvador volcano is in the background.
DECEMBER 2007 Featured Page: Lesotho
Maineng & Ha Ramabanta
Jack Conviser, Pen and Ink Drawing, Maineng & Ha Ramabanta. "The left hand image shows a sketch of the village of Maineng and the pragmatic separation between different family groups of houses based on topography and the access to garden spaces and animal Kraals. The right hand map shows my "neighborhood" in Ha Ramabanta. The locations of doors and window in the Ronduvals speak to the basic orientation of the housing for the sun(to the north!) and to maintain good social contact with the family yards.
Perhaps, equally important are the names of all of my neighbors. Walking around with a sketch pad in hand, making the map helped me to meet and introduce myself to those closest to me, gave an excuse to visit see their gardens behind the fences and hear a few of their stores. After I was properly introduced at a village meeting, this became a great form of meet and greet that only needed minimal language access and I would do it again that way in any new setting."
NOVEMBER 2007 Featured Page: Armenia
Give a Map
- Add your map collection
- Make a searchable map for the volunteer that will replace you. (This could start a trend whereby maps are passed from volunteer to volunteer and community changes can be tracked through time.)
Directions to give a map(s)
- To generate institutional memory, maps are very important; they are unique in their ability to convey spatial relationships.
- Please give a map to the volunteer after you so they can orient themselves in their new community, and see all the work you have done.
- See Mappc.org:Disclaimer for more information about map sensitivity
- Identifying projects, potential projects, established institutes, and landmarks is encouraged.
- Go to mappc.org
- Go to Create Article; please enter either your name or the name of your project,
- Wiki will prompt you to edit the page:
- Please replace the template with information on your PC mapping experience
- You can upload the following image formats: jpg, png, gif, bmp.
- The wiki will prompt you for a name to call the image, I suggest naming it “name_country.jpg” (example: “Dickinson_Armenia.jpg”
Insert these into your article
[[image:(imagename.jpg)]] Example: [[image:Dickinson_Armenia.jpg]]
Suggestions about images size
Please don’t upload images over 500kb, they will just be slow. If you have a large map images please email it to the webmaster for posting.
Creating a Google map on your page
- Click on the map icon on the toolbar.
- Enter the name of your site or the closest town or city.
- Google Maps should fly you there and you can establish a marker.
- Save the marker and enter what you like in the bubble.
- Paste the code into the article
Shows the location of all projects and pages on the site.
“It would be very cool to have a counter or such to show increase the area of the Earth mapped by volunteers and their host communities” - agreed. Don’t think there is any open source on this yet. There are some folks that have similar technologies…I will check on this…or I would have to get someone to build it out. Think this doable however. With the Google Map stuff if you can envision it, they can build it. We can do KML file map overlays and then calculate the square mileage in this way.
In the PC the mapping thing seemed to be very two faced. On one hand they were very helpful and required by the administration for evacuation purposes. On the other there is very little in the way of training that the administration receives on this.
Community Map Posting Issues
- Maps may reveal the people in the community that are helpful and friendly to PC.
- knowing that this information is on the internet could make counterparts less likely to help out next time…depends??
Suggested Format for you Article The left side bar identifies you. Depending on how much you fill in it identifies: Name, Country, Years in PC, Map Area, Year map created, Work Area the map was created for.