Digital mapping techniques are considered by many to be a tool of agency for marginalized people in the developing context. The last twenty years have seen a wave of “public participatory GIS (geographic information system)” programs being initiated in communities around the world. Digital maps offer the ability to store and represent an infinite amount of information, make it available to the masses, and apply techniques to make it dynamic and interactive. Beni Atlas explores mapping theory, analyses current employment of digital maps and then employs what is learned to the design for a mapping framework for the community of Beni in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in partnership with a local university.
The design uses a framework methodology because the image of a map is never alone but is surrounded by a set of community programs and digital sequences that drive how a map is created, used, shared, stored, connected, etc. This framework is the atlas’ (prime) that is taken to a new level of possibility with the use of digital technology. The goal of the framework is to unite data from bottom-up and top down sources, provide clarity and understanding for users, and become a tool that allows for communication and partnership between different actors in the community.
The examining committee is as follows:
Maya Przybylski, University of Waterloo
Peter Johnson, University of Waterloo
The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.
The Defence Examination will take place:
Wednesday June 3, 2015
Architecture Room 1001
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.
7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4