Dear Silke,
and dear Transformappers,

thanks for the thorough update.  Wow, what an achievement so far!

I would really like to be able to start participating to your activities, not just as individual... so
I have 4 proposals / suggestions I'd like to share with you:

1. Find ways for a participation / collaboration with RIPESS - Solidarity Economy Europe network, throughout the membership in several of the European countries.  One example could be with the survey RIPESS is launching in March for the "Panorama of Solidarity Economy in Europe" - where there could certainly be overlapping and info sharing - but also co-promotion...

2. Same with the ESSGlobal group, which is still active and advancing on the international interoperability and open-linked data / semantic web use for the mappings - there has been a first exchange with Joseph - probably we should have some more exchanges so we don't just continue going in parallel:  I think there are many common aspects to explore where we could work together;

3. I can try to participate to the first test in my town, Florence (Italy).  We already have a local Solidarity and Alternative Economy  network and I'm positive that many will be interested / willing to map their initiatives or share their info.

4. Finally, with the Italian CNR (National Research Center) my organization Solidarius is working on a European project proposal (Horizon 2020) for a portal on "economic intelligence" that is an evolution of the one developed by Solidarius International (Euclides Mance, Brasil - you remember him from the degrowth conference).  Part of that is also about mapping and data collection and I think the approach Trasformap has developed could be very useful as well. Perhaps we could have a partnership in such a project (we would also need a University o Research center to partner).  Other countries, besides Italy and Germany, are probably going to be Portugal and Spain (and maybe Greece).

That's all folks...!

In solidarity,
Jason Nardi

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ALERT: @transforMappers: If there are mistakes in the following message,
please correct me! + at the very end, there is some new information re.
the partners for the intl. testmapping


Dear all,

first of all: amis québecois, I am so sorry for the delay, I have been
involved in too many processes lately, but as far as TransforMap is
concerned the reason for the delay in informing You, our international
peers and (hopefully) co-mappers, is a really good one:

First of all, we've managed to set up sth. like an initial governance

That is; we went through an internal process of urgently needed f2f
conversations and decision making and are now able to divide the myriad
of tasks more swiftly.

And secondly: we made a proposal to the European Union within their
CHEST project :

Tatataaaa, we were pre-selected, meaning that now everybody is overly
busy with preparing the documents for the final selection process, this
would help us to finance especially the programming and the coordination
work for the next year and beyond.

Moreover we have been preparing the test-mapping process and tools + the
partnerships to go international, for instance with Shareable in the US.

All of us are very aware of the fact that we urgently need some basic
information in English, and we will work on that as soon as we get two
funding proposals (the one to the EU and another one) off desk.
We are already working on it:

Now; where are we at with the taxonomy and with the testmapping?

Taxonomy: We've FINALLY made our decisions about the three most
important category-groups: That is:
- needs   ---> ready for translation into French, Finish and many other
languages (see

- mode of interaction ---> ready for translation into French, Finish and
many other languages

- self-description of the community ----> we made the final decisions,
that is: We know know which tribes we wanna start with, but we still
need to finish the short descriptions in English (so, it is not yet
ready for translation)
Here are "the tribes";

As you can easily see: this is a project of CONVERGENCE; it cannot be
otherwise. So, while we work together on TransforMap we enact TAPAs
(There Are Plenty of Alternatives) and we network in real life (instead
of only talking about the need to network)

It is important to note that for TranforMap (not for OSM of course), the
self-identification with one of these OR OTHER communities will be
mandatory; I can explain this later. But this is the only way to - at
the end - generate a global map, where we can make "all commons"
visible, or "all solidarity economy projects" or simply "all TAPAs"-
more on this later (because this only applies to the TransforMap layer,
not for OSM (as we don't control the handling of categories, tags and
data on OSM.

We are also collecting the so called "Points of Interest", as this is
sth. the common mapper (and user) is very interested in.

Making the decisions about the taxonomy has been key for programming the
testmapping tools, and again... it took us a while to get everything
done. But now we have two options.

- the first one is to collect data via our TRANSFORTESTIONAIRE:

All tags are updated to the current state of the taxonomy!
You can use it RIGHT NOW, the only BUT is, that data will be collected
and need to be transferred manually to OSM later, but it helps us to get
the testmapping done and get feedback on the Taxonomy,

- the second is, that our programmers (some magic is in there, I swear
you), are about to finish a prototype for the online testmapping
(needing a few more days) and that the current state of the taxonomy
finally allows to work on the official and user friendly entry mask.

So; If you wanna start testmapping right now: GO FOR IT and use our
If you wanna wait for another tool, bear with us.


You might not be surprised that giving the huzzle and buzzle in the
whole process we finally decided that we will move the testmapping days
to a testmapping month, that is MAY 2015

According to your advice, dear friends in Canada, we suggest to organize
testmappings at a few spots, that is: wide and exhaustive testmappings
in 5 or 6 cities in different regions/continents instead of a bit of
testmapping everywhere.


Our ideas for the moment:
please focus on a selected place/ city or rural region)
USA - Partner: Shareable (please focus on a
Canada - Partner: REmix the Commons/ OSM Montreal/ Others -> I guess it
will be Montreal
FRANCE - Partner: ? - there will be certainly a wonderful opportunity at
the Ouishare -Fest
AUSTRIA - Partner: OSM Graz/ ELEVATE/ OTHERS: -> Graz
GERMANY - Partner: Anstiftung/Ertomis and Others mainly TransforMappers
--> Munich and/or Berlin
FINLAND - -> selected place in Finland

The list is open!

We now need to start the global conversation about the testmapping and
can use our global mmm list for it (the one I am cceing); at the same
time we are trying to get some funds for the test-mapping process.

- if you are interested in the process
- if you need follow-up information
- if you can contribute sth (proposals/ translations/ partnership for
testmapping/ whatever idea and resources)

If I forgot to respond to any of your questions, I will be happy to do
so asap.

Please forgive me that I won't re-read and correct my e-mail, but I
still have to phone conferences waiting for me tonight :-)

Many, many thanks for all the support you've provided so far

for the TransforMappers in Germany and Austria
> @Silke :
> Does the Global Mapping Day of Marsh 6th and 7th confirmed ? Do you have
> any material we can use to promote and mobilize people there ? Thanks
> for your information.
> Best
> Fred

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