Participatory Mapping and Highpointing: An intersection of Education and Recreation in Arkansas

Authors: Carson Caraluzzi*, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Carson Caraluzzi, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Topics: Cartography, United States
Keywords: Arkansas, Participatory Mapping
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The goal of our research is to prepare a participatory mapping project for both the people who live around Magazine Mountain and those participating in the 2018 Highpointing Conference. Highpointing is the act of summiting the highest natural point in a state. The conference will be held on the mountain itself and will draw participants from all over the US and world. We will engage the local community as well as these conference participants in creating their own map of Magazine Mountain and its environs. The finished products will be presented at local schools and other civic buildings.
In order to reach this step, we will engage these two groups in both the planning and implementation of the project. Seminars on elementary cartography and map reading skills will help the community better understand the Magazine Mountain and give them a cartographic voice. The conference participants will also have the opportunity to learn about how mapping affects their hobby.
At the end of this program we will be addressing a startling gap. At present there are few official maps available to the public and no community generated map at all. The residents will finally not only find their cartographic voice but will also finally have an appropriate platform to show their home with the world. Conference attendees will gain a more intimate knowledge of the local environment. Our participatory mapping will engender local pride and propagate geographic knowledge.

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