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May 4, 2015

Mapping Cultural Resources in Italy

Mapping Cultural Resources in Italy By Ilaria Vitellio 

Collaborative mapping is emerging as a global phenomenon to help represent experience and knowledge in connection urban space. It helps to locate both tangible and intangible cultural resources including post-disaster memories, cultural heritage, unused public spaces, areas of urban regeneration, people and institutions.

People in a growing number of cities in Italy are using shared maps to exchange information about events, services and urban problems. Collaborative mapping is a powerful tool for the creation of a new model of collaborative city governance. It allows municipal governments and citizens to cooperate in collecting data and proposing solutions for contemporary urban challenges. Collaborative mapping can help improve public policy regarding city planning, strategic planning, welfare services and transport systems.

Within the SEiSMiC project, two working groups on collaborative mapping have been launched, one at the national level in Italy and a second one with a transnational scope. The Italian group has already met to exchange practices and knowledge. Participants include 109-96, Segnali di Futuro, Mappi-Na, City Hound, Portobeseno, confiscate bene, Lame-Ve, and salvaiciclisti.

The meeting has identified several issues for further discussion, including copyrights of data, institutional validation of data, the use of data for producing public policies and the availability of resources to implement maps. These questions point up the need for projects and events to foster meetings and discussion between social innovators, and between social innovators and public institutions.

Ilaria Vitellio is an urban planner and CEO of MappiNa