Community Mapping

Community Mapping

A community is responsible for describing itself to itself, enabling a story to be told…

Community mapping is the engagement of rural communities in the mapping of local knowledge about our history, culture, physical infrastructure and landscape. The maps should serve the needs of the community and can be shared with others electronically to make better decisions.

This work has involved collaboration with Fundy Communities Development Association, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute and the Town of Annapolis Royal.

The future challenge is to find the technical support which is necessary to maintain and update  online electronic atlases. We anticipate support will be forthcoming by collaboration with the Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) in Annapolis Valley Campus  in Middleton.

“Creative Annapolis”

This project highlights the Creative Rural Economy in the town of Annapolis Royal. A survey of the area was conducted with a working group of the community, Team Annapolis , to list the resources in the area. Creative Resources were broken down into categories including Gallery ( Gallery, Market, Store), Museum, Performing Art, Sculpture, Visual Art and Unclassified. Future points can be added to this map and data collected on-line or paper-based.

“Port George Community Story” , Fundy Community Development Association

The Fundy Community Development Association spans the Fundy Coast of Southwest Nova from the communities of  Margaretsville to Delap’s Cove, Annapolis County. This project’s long term goal is to map socioeconomic interests important to communities along the Bay of Fundy coastline in Annapolis County. It is hoped the final product will be a website that ensures community members and visitors will have access to local history of these unique communities.  This project has a high level of community engagement incorporating local stories, hand drawn maps, aerial photography, historical maps and photos.

“Lake Atlas”,  Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI)

An interactive web atlas that utilizes MTRI data including water quality, physical characteristics, fish species present, ice cover data and loon observations for lakes sampled in Southwest Nova Scotia by volunteers, researchers and MTRI staff.  This data previously existed in paper based copies only.