Ageing mapping – Next steps

The ageing workshop took place yesterday. We have received a lot of interesting critiques to our maps (see my previous post for some lessons that I have learnt), which is precisely what we were looking for. And that is why I think we can call it a success. This does not mean, of course, that our maps were perfect. It just means that now we know how to improve them.

In particular, two critiques seem crucial:
1) examples on how to explore / make sense of the maps are necessary
2) the mapping process should be closely informed by the interests of its addressees
According to these two remarks, we made two main decisions concerning the following of the work on aging.

Development of a ‘demonstrator’ of how to explore a controversy

June 2012. London will ask one of the issue-professionals that participated in today workshop (and seemed more willing to engage in the project) to provide us a few (5-6) research questions that he/she finds interesting. London will provide these questions and a detailed description of the person and his/her activities to Paris and Amsterdam.

June 2012. On the basis of these information, Paris and Amsterdam will identify one or two methods that they think they can use to provide some element of answer to the questions of the issue-professional. These mapping ideas will be transmitted to London which will validate their interest with the issue-professional. Modifications may be proposed by the issue-professional.

July 2012. Paris and/or Amsterdam will collected the data, analyze them and realize a first sketch of the maps. The sketches will be transmitted to London, which will validate their interest with the issue-professional. Modifications may be proposed by the issue-professional.

August 2012. The sketches of the maps will he transmitted to Milan together with a detailed description of 1) how the data have been collected and analyzed to design the maps, 3) how the maps should be read and interpret to answer the questions of the issue-professional. Milan will re-design the maps and produce a little atlas conveying all previous information in a way that is adapted to its addressees.

September 2012. London will show the atlas to the issue-professional and accompany him/her and his/her staff in the exploration of the maps. A detailed feedback from the user experience will be collected.

October 2012. Milan (with the help of Amsterdam and Paris) will use the feedback from the users and the information collected throughout all the process to produce the final ‘maps exploration demonstrator’ (probably in the form of a short video).

Issue Safari

June 2012. London will identify 3 or 4 categories of professionals of the ageing issues. London will prepare a short description of each of these categories, specifying the kind of questions that they may be interested in and the kind of maps that they may find useful. If possible, this descriptions will be prepared with or validated by an exponent of each category.

June 2012. Discussing with London, Paris and Amsterdam will identify a few methods that they think they can use to develop maps that can be useful for each category of issue-professionals.

July-August 2012. Paris and/or Amsterdam will collected the data, analyze them and realize a first sketch of 5-6 maps. The sketches will be transmitted to London, which will validate their interest (if possible in collaboration with the issue-professional).

September-October 2012. The sketches of the maps will he transmitted to Milan together with a detailed description of 1) how the data have been collected and analyzed to design the maps, 3) how the maps should be read and interpret to answer the questions of the issue-professional. Drawing on the experience acquired working on the ‘demonstrator’, Milan will re-design the maps and produce 3-4 atlases (one for each category of issue-professionals) conveying all previous information in a way that is adapted to its addressees.

November 2012. London will organize 3-4 workshop (one for each category of issue-professionals). In each workshop, 15-20 issue professionals of a given category will be invited to a 3 hours ‘issue safari’. The safari starts with the display of the ‘maps exploration demonstrator’, which will give participants a first idea of what it is to explore an issue map. Then, divided in small groups, participants will be accompanied in the exploration of the atlas developed for them by a facilitator from the Emaps team. Feedback of the user experience will be collected.

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