The CivicMaps Toolkit
The Civic Maps Toolkit is an online resource designed to introduce novice users to the field of civic maps, and support the integration of mapping into your work. There is a long history of communities using maps for action, from participatory GIS to environmental justice, from indigenous land claims to crisis mapping. As GIS and map literacies become more widespread, maps are increasingly important tools across all spheres of civic life. Recent years have seen an explosion of new civic mapping tools and practices. For example, Open Street Maps allows large numbers of people to participate in improving an open map base; Grassroots Mapping provides tools for community-created aerial imagery layers; Ushahidi’s hosted Crowdmap service allows quick and easy creation of incident report maps; the list goes on. This toolkit is designed to orient grassroots groups and small organizations to the possibilities of civic mapmaking by introducing real world examples, a resource guide, and a gallery of beautiful, awesome, rockin’ civicmaps.