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MapStory – Wikipedia Way of Telling Stories on Maps and Timelines

We learn MapStory from Saylor Journals OER Newsletter – “A creative platform that allows you to start your own story or build on another one, with use of maps and time lines as a foundation. Through Creative Commons, this platform is completely free, and it allows you to “share what you know about the world we live in.”

It’s a powerful idea – global open learning community – all licensed under Creative Commons, which makes crowds knowledge truly flowable and sharable :

MapStory, as a compliment to Wikipedia, is a new dimension to the global data commons that empowers a global user community to organize all knowledge about the world spatially and temporally. Perhaps more important, MapStory is an infrastructure for enabling “MapStorytelling” as a means of communicating important issues to a global audience. The goal is to enable any student, teacher or practitioner on Earth to tap the power of this new mode of conveying one’s stories, arrayed across geography and as they unfold over time. MapStory will become the convening point where MapStorytellers of all kinds come to publish their expressions, and to critique each others’ MapStories, leading to a consistently accumulating and improving global body of knowledge about global dynamics, worldwide, over the course of history.

data commonsLike other such projects, MapStory enables users to contribute their knowledge of the world into the global data commons, creating a cultural resource that the world can learn from, build upon, and share alike. Based on the lessons learned by the OpenStreetMap community (, MapStory users are asked to contribute their data via an Open Database License (ODbL), and (geo)graphical representations of their data via a Creative Commons Share Alike (CC-by-SA) license. While many are familiar with Creative Commons, many are unaware that it is not ideally suited to deal with the underlying data. As such, MapStory uses both licenses in concert. Click here for more on MapStory’s License and CopyrightTrademark Terms of UseTerms of Service,Privacy Policy, and Community Ethics.

MapStory is not a company. Its a community, driven by users. Therefore, we work hard to provide simple, accessible ways for MapStorytellers around the world to collaborate in as transparent a manner as possible. Below find more information about the MapStory Foundation, the rules and ethics we live by, how to organize a Chapter in your community or campus, our Technology Roadmap, our major initiatives and how-to Guides on various MapStory types created by MapStorytellers.

MapStory is a great example of Open Participatory Learning Infrastructure (OPLI), it’s also a new dimension to the global data commons and an extension of Wikipedia’s spirit.


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