Well, well! A month and a half into 2017 and its never been clearer that we need better ways to get creative and make sense together :-) There's been a lot going on under the hood over the last year on Metamaps.cc. If you haven't been watching closely there's a lot to catch up on! Some of you might have noticed, but in case they slipped by you - Metamaps.cc now has:
Real-time audio + video + text chat within maps
Shared maps with invited collaborators and access requests, publicly and privately.
Starred maps (like 'favorites' that you can easily return to)
Markdown formatting (including images) in Topic descriptions
Import/Export maps via .CSV and JSON files
Some other highlights include updated documentation and tips for using the platform (docs.metamaps.cc) and the launch of our API for developers (metamaps.cc/api). There's some exciting features coming this year that we're busy designing and prototyping, like map edit notifications, map history and new mapping modes that make it easier to work with our growing body of shared knowledge (discover, remix, present, and more).
Over the next few months you might notice that an interface element has changed, or something doesn't work like it used to. We're constantly working towards a more intuitive mapping experience, so enjoy the evolution, and don't hesitate to let us know what works and what doesn't.You can join the discussion, share ideas, and provide feedback in our new online community on the emerging Hylo platform!
If you're interested in the ever-evolving roadmap for Metamaps, comment or vote on our open trello board. We work on Metamaps as a distributed team in a radically open way, so If you want to track the work or get involved and contribute, you can visit our workspaces at Trello (for design) and Github (for coding).
We are so grateful to every single one of our beta testers (that means you!). We appreciate the patience and feedback you're able to provide us. We deeply believe in the potential of Metamaps and the ideas, processes and theory behind it, not only to help individuals and groups think better together, but also to produce real and necessaryproductive social change. Thanks for being part of this grand experiment in collective intelligence.
If you have the time, please reach out and say hi - we'd love to hear from you on Hylo, at firstname.lastname@example.org or @metamapps on Twitter; your feedback and support is essential to guiding our direction in 2017 and beyond.
Invitation: Decentralized collaborative networks and platforms are proliferating and evolving. What's the current state of the 'art' and how can more people benefit by engaging with them? We'll circle up with a handful of practitioners and innovators to explore from several angles, including user experience, community facilitation, technical development, and overall standards/policy/protocols.
Format: hangout on air, with two hosts and 3-5 guest 'panelists' - possible live mapping and audience interaction?