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MapOmatix works as a collaborative environment for creating and editing maps.
It can be used to develop maps on several thematics and subjects, they can contain
physical elements ( oil resources, telecomunication antennas, ... ) as well as
abstract ones ( human organisations, web servers, ... ) and relations between
these entities. Behind this tool is the idea of editing and publishing tactical
maps meaning maps developed as methodological tools to achieve tactic aims. The
word tactic must be understood in the way Michel de Certau's defines it: "...victories
of the 'weak' over the 'strong', clever tricks, knowing how to get away with things,
'hunter's cunning' maneuvers, polymorphic simulations, joyful discoveries, poetic
as well as warlike". Tactics create a transitory type of power, which de
Certeau likens to "a rented apartment.... transforming another person's property
into a space borrowed for a moment" - a momentary escape from the dominant
order. A tactic focusses on divergent uses of existing cultural objects, rather
than creating objects anew. Thus elements of consumption that highlight pastiche
and bricolage such as fashion or music (especially punk and hip hop), are often
analysed as tactics that subvert intended meanings and functions. [source]
MapOmatix does privilege mapping on subjective and psycogeographic (geopoetic) territories:
mapping the relations and representations that subjects perform in space/time
and the territories and memories contained in places and events.
is based on lines of past, the different layers embedded in history, letting us
discover the succession and evolution of antagonisms our society is built upon.
We aim to research for the dynamics of injustice and the queries opposing it,
inequalities and the actions that balance it, discrimination, exclusion etc. The
mapping of these tensions, confronts us to historical materialism and the conscience
of this we consider a way to fight alienation.
Mapomatix is not a GIS/GPS based system
[see for further details this article]. It works like a geo-wiki, so nothing is definitive
and you can make your map to evolve in time. You have a series of control shortcuts
to perform the edition of your map (to add nodes, change them save etc)and you
can include all series of media elements to build your map including pictures,
sounds, videos, links, rss feeds, texts and streams.
can map alone or in company. We recognise the value of mapping in a group but
the tool is made for many types of situations. MapOmatix is a tool to reflect
upon the practice of cartography in all its various forms, from geographical maps,
to mental maps and symbolic representations of events. It is meant to be a collaborative
tool best suited for people that work on the internet together and can help each
other on the chat. Potentially it may amplify your collective practices but Mapomatix
is not real time, you can work in a group but it is not a networked playstation.
You can add your nodes together because it allows the collaborative edition of
maps. One of the examples of maps made collectively on a subject is the one on
immigration and repression enforced upon subsaharian immigrants in Marruecos in
2005. This shows exactly the kind of dynamic behind, that of a connected group
of people exchanging information and producing the materials needed to lay out
a map (*acknowledging here the work of indymedia channel #madiaq).
This project is developed with perl/SVG and
you need to install
the SVG plugin from Adobe for the full experience. It has been tested successfully
on Linux/Mozilla (Adobe SVG viewer with Mozilla) and Mac OSX/Internet Explorer.
We are sorry that it works on Window$ too (Internet Explorer), it was not intentional.
Window$: Internet Explorer
Linux: Mozilla with Adobe SVG viewer
OS: Internet Explorer. In Mac OSX and windows the best is to work with explorer
and there are some issues about explorer
not being free anymore for Mac users --> You
can download Internet Explorer here
can download the MapOmatix application from Sourceforge
SVG plugin and browsers:
Downloading the adobe svg viewer should work with
no problem, clicking on it, it gets installed. You should restart your browsers
in order to make it work.
Underlining some aspects of the practice of mapping
is true that is not focused on geographical territories but it is focused on making
territories as 'making places'. We have thought of a few questions that may help
you to define what you want to map. Is it a territory, is it some concepts, is
it an event, a slice of time-space, a group of persons connected to a specificic
event? What are you going to make visible through the creation of a map that will
be accessible through the internet?
designing your map give attention to the weight of nodes, remember that
you can create your own scales giving values to your events . You can give to
each node of data a weight based on your criterias (i.e.: Degree of scarcity of
ressources, Degree of violence, Percentage of population, Lexical groups or families
of concepts...). You can give the same weight to the related concepts.
space and time: Take into account the spatial and temporal dimensions of your
playground, keep in mind when you collect and organise your data,
that mapOmatix allows you to link time and space. When you are looking for information
on a subject try to remember their temporal dimension. Think of displaying your
information in time, making use of the chronological tool and fields.
time and deletion time are two fields of the input form, you are not obliged to
fill them, but if you want to relate your node with its temporal dimension you
should fill them. This info will appear as red marks upon the timeline. Remember
that the lenght of them will depend of the weight you had associated. The creation
time can be filled without specifying a deletion time, that means that you can
map events that are taking place and thus that don't have a date of end. You can
also get rid of both dimensions to concentrate on people or concepts.
compulsories fields are the names of the nodes: It is required that you
name every created node in mapOmatix otherwise is difficult to localise it in
the database and the coordinates in the creation of the Map: They are not
obligatory for the events placed in the map but only to allow the visibility of
your svg canvas in your screen. To get the coordinates (latitud/longitud) for
your map you can use the map reference. See
Creating a new Canvas:
To create a new canvas, make sure your svg image for the background of your
map is real svg. You can use a text editor to see if the image that you have created
have nodes and coordinates and not only a linked image. This happens sometimes
when using Adobe Illustrator. Other FLOSS options are Inkscape (for mac users
you will need X11 installed) and Delineate-raster to SVG converter (Autotrace and potrace). Open office draw also enables you to export your drawings
to SVG but it doesn't allows you ton import in the OO drawing images and then
export them to SVG. You can only export to SVG the images you created with OO
Right SVG showing
Wrong SVG showing linked images
that the coordinates are required in a compulsory way in the first steps of Uploading
your canvas. When you are mapping a military conflict with occupied territories
or migrations or refugee camps it makes sense to respect the geographical coordinates
. When the map tries to be a testimony of geopolitical situations
of opression inforced against the weak and dispossesed we find useful to locate
it as in example the map in marrocos.
The icons are used to illustrate your map... you can either
upload your own icons, or you can have a look to the existent icons already uploaded
inside mapomatix and use them for your own purposes (if you choose the second
option you won't be able to change its original name).
When you upload icons never forget to name each icon you are uploading, otherwise you will not be
able to find it on the list of icons when you are ready to work with it. Also
think of the proper name for it so it is coherent with the map you are creating.
Avoid names as icon1 or red Icon unless it makes sense in your map. The name of
the icon will be displayed in the lay out, so make sure it makes sense in your
narrative. But not only this, try also to think that others will reuse your icons
with another purposes. So, pay attention in the naming of the icons.
of our icons that appears on the right of your map may be cut, that is one reason
to avoid long names for your icons. Remember also that nodes appears on the right
of the map in the order you insert them, think about it when you insert them in
the map. About their format: They can also be SVG but is not so necessary. It
works just fine if it is GIF/JPEG/PNG image and any web publishing image in relatively
small sizes (+-500kb). Avoid using windows formats as ICO or others that might
seem very practical at first sight.
Editing your map
of the nodes
Sub Map : it consists of another map that you insert
inside your first canvas, it allows you to add and separate difrerent territorial
or symbolic levels.
Comment : it allows to insert a textual comment
without icon and that can be styled ( bold, italique, ... ) multi-line text.
it allows to insert an icon associated to a text without link.
it allows to insert an icon and text connected to an external web link.
Feed: it allows you to insert inside the map a RSS feed, that means an updated
view of an RSS feed that will appear in another window, [other definitions of
RSS: Really Simple Syndication, Rich Site Summary or RDF Site Summary, several
similar forms of web syndication used by news websites and weblogs - source: wikipedia]
it allows to insert an image that appears on the right screen of the map when
it is requested.
Sound: it allows insert a piece of sound ( converted
to ogg format from many possible formats : wav, aiff, .. ) that will be played
back on the right screen of the map when it is requested.
allows to insert a video ( converted to ogg format from many possible formats
: mpeg, avi, ... ) that will be played back on the right screen of the map when
it is requested.
Streaming Server: it allows to insert in your map a
list of currently available streams emitted on a streaming server ( format ogg
audio or video ) like this
one located in Norway. [other definitions: media that is consumed (heard
or viewed) while it is being delivered. Streaming is more a property of the delivery
system than the medium itself. The distinction is usually applied to media that
are distributed over computer networks; most other delivery systems are either
inherently streaming (radio, television) or inherently non-streaming (books, video
cassettes, audio Cds). [source: wikipedia]
Streaming Source : it is
used to locate an emitting single source stream, in ogg audio or video format
one located in Chile.
>>> Add a new node
: this will be the name of your node
Orientation : if you want to rotate
your node from horizontality
Icon : choose one of the icons you have
uploaded or one that appears on the menu
Width/Height : select the size
you want to give to your icon
Text : This is the text that can appear
all time long upon your icon (it is recommend to make it short)
Comment : Write the text you want, it will appear as a tool tip when the mouse will
roll over the node
Text Size : select the size you want the text upon
the icon appears
Text Color : choose a colour for your text
X - Offset Y : Allows you to place the text upon the node, up/down and left/right
Latitud : this refers to territorial coordinates of your
node, you can search and find them here: earth explorer
Longitud: this refers to territorial coordinates of your node, you can search and
find them here: earth explorer
Link : if you want to relate your
node with a website please copy it here
Meta Info : select key words
that you do associate to this node, they will appear at the right of the screen
time : allows you to determine a time of creation that appears as a red mark
on the timeline below the map
Deletion time : allows you to determine
a time of deletion that appears as a red mark on the timeline below the map
: this is a measure that you relate to your node and that will give a specific
length to the red mark upon the timeline
Press 'a' key and
click on the map to add nodes: this command allows you to insert new node
in the map
Press 'm' key and click on a node to modify it: this command
allows you to modify the characteristics of a node in the map
key and click on a node to delete it: this command allows you to delete a
node in the map, caution with this command because there is no return point ince
the node 's delete
To move a node: drag it on the map and then click
on the "S" or "S+" button
"S+" will save your
changes keeping track of the history: those commands allows you to move your
nodes in other places of the map, this command can be really useful to reorganize
a map but you must keep in mind that you are dealing with several layers of data
and when a lot of nodes are next one to the others, the drag and drop option can
result more difficult, take in account to move those nodes through the ways where
there is less nodes.
Press 'l' key and click on a node to add a link:
this command allows you to insert a link inside the map
Press 'c' key and
click on a node to modify a link: this command allows you to modify and old
link inside the map
Press 'u' key and click on a node to delete a link:
this command allows you to delete a link inside the map
Press 'r' key and
click on the map to create a layer
Press 't' key and click on the map to modify
Press 'y' key and click on the map to delete a layer
Press 'f' key
and click on the map to activate a date filter
Press 'e' key and click on the
map to export a map as an image: this command allows you to capture the image
of your map and to export it as an image in a .png format (Portable Network Graphics)
that means you must edit it with any image editor to be able to save it other
formats as jpg etc.
Maintenance of your map
generated with MapOmatix can be snapshots of a precise moment or event, it can
works as a tool to synthetize and translate specific moments and places for persons
alones or groups. But if it is required and desired that the map perdure it must
tak in account a tactic of maintenance and reactualisation of its data. It exists
several a good tips as to insert RSS feeds, or stream source/ servers, that you
feel are interesting and that can provide your map of elements that are related
to evolutive dynamics. Furthermore it is possible that a map will perdure a long
time if he is used by a group to achieve some tactical aims of activist research
in order to map, translate, some data they want to share, develop, make available.
In any case always remind that you map can be compsoed by several scales, you
can impose several dynamics of life to some of them, but the one's who may work
best would be the ones based on curiosity and exchang, spread your map, show others
to use the features and to insert their own information, that is perhaps one of
the best way to develop a maintenance of your map,
> if mapomatix is a free sofware project why do i need to
use the iexplorer (when windows SOP) to manage it?:
The format used ( SVG ) is a free open
standard, but it is still not fully supported by open source browsers. Firefox,
Opera are in the process of supporting it, but it isn't usable for now.
when does the adobe plugin will work fine for mozilla firefox?:
makes its own implementation of SVG, still incomplete, it doesn't require the
> is there are some
implications of the size images you upload (icons, and canvas) when you edit your
map afterwhile (fast, slow)?:
The background should be a real SVG ( 200
to 500 k ), and icons should be small images ( up to 50x50 ) to run smoothly.
why can't i have a specific login for my map so i ensure that nobody else modifies
You can do that by modifying the access to pages on your web server
(meaning to download the MapOmatix application in sourceforge: link). In that
case you can deny the access to the editing pages and let everyone see your map.
> why there isn't an history of
the several evolutions of the map i am making?:
You can use node creation
times to handle this, managing the timeline evolution to keep a track of your
> why when
i try to modify/delete one specific node the tool sometimes proposes me the input-form
of another node?:
Because all information related to the nodes are laying
in a same level, so it proposes to your request the closest node from where you
text by alejandra/elpueblodechina,explaining the concepts behind mapomatix can
be found here
See the Brussels workshop to get an idea bout meetings
on maps and living archives
examples of maps achieved with this tool are listed below, remember it requires
to download the SVG
Platforms: Mac OSX/ Internet Explorer, Windows/Internet Explorer
Living Memories of the Social Forums.
Those maps about the living memories around social forums are not complete
neither exhaustive. We have try to give a first overview of the recent history
of the social forums as a space for the meeting, confluence of social movements
and the elaboration of knowledge for and from social and political transformation.
This visualisation focuses mostly on the (im)material production of tools and
knowledge merged before, during and after the social forums. We have try to identify
which groups have worked on registering, systematizing, organizing, interpreting,
spreading those data.
free roofs zone
estat espanyol Violencies de Genere- Feminicidi
Map of where can be seen the pirate analogical television from okupem les ones in Barcelona