The vision of the Community Mapping Collaboratory (CMC) is to facilitate student learning, locally-based and globally-relevant research, community engagement, and sustainable community development and planning through participatory campus-community mapping projects.
The CMC, a joint university-community mapping initiative, will be hosted on the University of Victoria campus and be a model for campus-community interaction.
The CMC is:
- a wide, interdisciplinary collaboration of community and university expertise on community mapping;
- a physical space - a mapping laboratory;
- instructional support for credit and non-credit courses;
- technical support for community, student and faculty research;
- a liaison between faculty and students and community organizations to facilitate applied learning in the community;
- a community of practice integrating scholarly and community knowledge;
- a vital link in a dynamic regional and international community mapping network;
- an access point to physical and virtual resources for mapping projects.
The CMC will:
- host student and community interns;
- bring innovative, applicable, ideas from students and faculty to local and regional projects/agencies and from community into the university;
- develop open-source, transferable and scalable tools and methodologies for use in a wide range of settings;
- build mapping skills and capacity on campus and in the community;
- create and facilitate a series of printed and virtual maps aimed at informing policy and building a healthy, sustainable community. Some examples of the outputs include: a regional green map showing transportation alternatives, challenges and opportunities; neighbourhood maps for local planning; and historical maps showing traditional and historical uses by First Nations and settler populations.
Within five years, the CMC and Network will be celebrated internationally for its effective community-university partnerships, its productivity, its relevance to community and campus and its sustainability.