International Society of Participatory Mapping
We have a lot of exciting things going on that our Executive Committee
would like to share with you. In addition to our upcoming conference this
June at Aalto University in Finland, we are also opening up our blog for
contributions by scholars and practitioners in the field, searching for a
full managing editorial board for our upcoming journal, and continuously
looking for contributions to our online databases. Thanks to Ushahidi, we
are now able to do batch uploads to our crowd-sourced Participatory Mapping
in Practice Initiative. Please keep scrolling for more details on these
exciting projects and events. We look forward to hearing from you this
exciting new year!
-ISPM Executive Committee
for our Blog!
Our executive committee is searching for passionate contributors to our
blog on our website, pmappingsociety.org
http://landscapevalues.org/ispm/category/blog/. Benefits of contributing
to our blog includes reaching a wider audience, getting feedback from your
peers, and sharing your stories for others to gain further knowledge in the
We are accepting short articles (between 700-900 words) with photographs a
broad range of topics in participatory mapping that includes, but is not
limited to, urban and rural public mapping, critical geography,
storytelling, critical and feminist epistemologies, natural resource
management, and any other projects employing participatory mapping
Your contribution will be reviewed by our Executive Committee to ensure
quality and content scope but we encourage anyone interested to apply !
Click to Submit Blog Post!
Our Participatory Mapping in Practice Project is now accepting batch
*Thanks Ushahidi! *
As a part of ISPM's mission, we've started the Participatory Mapping in
Practice Project on our website, check it out at pmappingsociety.org
Anyone from around the world can contribute to our crowd source mapping
initiative. To make this easier for some, Ushahidi
https://www.ushahidi.com/ has helped to set up batch uploads so that you
can now upload hundreds of mapping projects at once.
Please make a copy of the attached spreadsheet, fill it in with your data,
and then mail it back to email@example.com. Any questions about
adding data to the map can also be directed to that email.
Contribute to our Participatory Mapping Project Today!
Submit a Batch Upload Here!
Searching for Managing Editorial Board
*Are you passionate about Participatory Mapping and want to contribute to
the field? *
Our Executive Committee is searching for a dedicated scholars and junior
scholars to lead our new Editorial Board for a journal on participatory
mapping starting March or April 2019. The Managing Editor will be
responsible for the recruitment of the (editorial) advisory board of
experts in the field of GIS, community geography, indigenous rights, urban
and rural planning, participatory geodesign, and other subfields.
*The Editorial Board Members: *
-Review Submitted Manuscripts;
-Advise on Journal Policy and Scope;
-Identify Topics for Special Issues, which they may guest edit;
-Attract new authors and submissions;
-Act as advisers in cases of complex publishing ethics allegations;
-Ideally submit some of their own work for consideration by the journal.
Click Here for Editorial Board Submission!
Join Us at ISPM Conference
Let the people map!
Aalto University, Espoo, Finland | 17-19 June 2019
Organized for the second time, the International Society of Participatory
Mapping (ISPM) conference brings together scholars, planners and
practitioners working with participatory mapping and spatial participatory
methods. Hosted by Aalto University in Finland, the 2019 conference
provides a platform for presenting recent advances within the field of
participatory mapping and initiating discussion on the current state and
future directions of the research.
Rapidly increasing applications of participatory mapping methods within and
beyond academia challenge the community to enhance transdisciplinary
collaboration and to advance the circulation of good practice. With the
theme "Let the people map", the ISPM 2019 conference invites us to approach
these questions with a special focus on novel ways of facilitating dialog
between participatory mapping researchers and practitioners.
The International Society of Participatory Mapping (ISPM) offers financial
support for a limited number of participants to cover parts of their costs
for attending the conference. As a part of our mission, we encourage
individuals and students from low-income countries, indigenous and minority
groups, and women to apply.
Apply for Funding Today! http://ispm-conference.com/funding/
Cost of Attendance
The registration will open in February 2019. The registration costs are as
Early-bird Standard Delegate: € 320
Standard Delegate: € 400
Early-bird Student: € 170
Standard Student: € 240
Student rate applies to those registered for a higher degree. Student
registrations must be accompanied by an official letter attesting to
student status. These should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please do not email credit card information under any circumstances) to
support your registration.
Registration fee includes:
Register Here! http://ispm-conference.com/registration/
Mission of ISPM
The Society’s objectives are to encourage and support the development,
experimentation, evaluation, and application of participatory mapping
methods globally in order to foster interaction and research in this
scientific field, and to coordinate with other organizations in the study
of participatory processes, mapping, and quantitative analyses. The Society
places a strong emphasis on fostering opportunities between the Global
North and South in order to promote a more equal distribution of knowledge
and resources across fields, including marine and environmental planning,
urban and rural planning, public policy, counter mapping, and indigenous
These purposes are to be carried out by:
The Official Bylaws http://landscapevalues.org/ispm/ispm-bylaws-2/ outline
the organizational structure of the Society.
We are an eager group of collaborators including graduate students, faculty
members, volunteers, and practitioners. The formation of a participatory
mapping international organization is well-timed with the proliferation of
mapping technologies, crowdsourcing platforms and social justice issues
emerging in every corner of the world.
Participatory Mapping is the field of research and practice engaged in
leveraging geographic technology to support public participation.
Applications for participatory mapping methods range from indigenous
rights, to smart cities, to biodiversity conservation. Our organization is
unique in that we embrace the interdisciplinarity of the challenges faced
at all levels of community and governance.
The International Society for Participatory Mapping (ISPM) was
conceptualized at the first International Participatory Mapping Conference
at Cal Poly in July 2017. Since then, we've formed a small group of
academics, practitioners, and activists who believe in the ideals of
participatory mapping and its potential for promoting equality and social
*Positions Available *
To do this, we are seeking like minded individuals to be on our Executive
Board. The Executive Committee shall consists of the President, the
Immediate Past-President, the Vice President, the Treasurer, and the
Secretary. Ex-Officio Members of the Executive Committee include the
International Conference Chair and the Immediate Past-International
Conference Chair; the Directors-at-Large; and the Communications Officer.
The Executive Committee may also invite additional Past-Presidents to
continue to serve on the Committee.
The appointments are for 4 years. The committee meets via skype once per
month at 9am and 7pm EST time. An outline of the each role is below.
Membership is obligatory!
The Treasurer shall receive all funds of the Society and be responsible for
them. They shall record the dues status of each member of the Society and
present reports of the financial condition of the Society, when required by
the Executive Committee. They shall disburse the funds of the Society, as
and when authorized by the Executive Committee.
The Directors-at-Large shall act as Board Members and work with the
Officers in the Executive Committee to make decisions for the Society.
There will be four Directors-at-Large and one Student Director-at-Large (of
qualified student member status at the time of election). At least two of
the Directors-at-Large should represent low- and lower-middle-income
countries (LMIC) and at least two members should be women.
The Communications Officer shall serve as the social media coordinator and
newsletter editor, updating the community about relevant work and acting as
an intermediary between the Executive Committee and the Society’s members
on the Participatory Mapping Discussion listserv, the Participatory Mapping
Slack, Facebook, and Twitter.
Committee Special Advisors are unofficial members of the Executive
Committee who provide advice to the the Executive Committee at an ad-hoc
basis. The Advisers will be provided a monthly report of the EC’s
accomplishments and will be the main point of contact for specific field
interests. These interests include, regional, technological, and
methodological specialities. The EC will seek to maintain at least 5
special Committee Advisors or as many as 10 per tenure. Committee Advisers
are expected to disseminate information among their networks pertaining to
ISPM’s official mandate and act as facilitators between their affiliated
organizations and ISPM.
Are you passionate about Participatory Mapping?
The International Society for Participatory Mapping (ISPM) is searching for
Executive Board Members and Special Advisers to help support our Mission!
Our Website: pmappingsociety.org http://landscapevalues.org/ispm/
Contribute to our online database!
Our members contribute to crowd sourced databases on our website. We are
searching for participatory mapping software, forums, publications, and
projects from around the world. Our goal is to build a comprehensive global
database that provides contributors, policy-makers, and the public with a
comprehensive overview of the field. Check out our website: pmappingsociety.org
http://landscapevalues.org/ispm/and all the ways you can contribute!