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Session 2: Culture Mapping Principles



The fundamental goal of culture and culture and cultural mapping is to help communities recognize, celebrate and support diversity.
Cultural mapping principles are used to develop different visualisation techniques to display tangible and intangible cultural heritage. The principles of cultural mapping demonstrate the motives for cultural mapping, its uses, its users, different methodologies of mapping and the concept of data layering.



Culture mapping is a tool to illustrate cultural characteristics. For example:


  • a sense of identity
  • the elements that make a community unique
  • languages
  • beliefs
  • technologies 

Cultural Mapping encourages the generation of new material, such as different interpretations and viewpoints. The principles that underpin cultural mapping further demonstrate local and cultural resources and strategies that engage in accurate and sensitve analysis of people, places and environments. 

Tangibles Intangibles
Galleries Memories
Craft industries Personal histories
Distinctive landmarks Attitudes
local events Values
Cognitive mapping - The internal spatial representation of environmental information
Community/social mapping develops imaginative thinking and knowledge fusions maximizing the creative potential of a community
Maps represent layers of information and are useful to understand and identify spatial links and explain concepts in a visual way

Location - where things are. Maps are the tools needed to define distance
Mind maps overcome complex problems, and organizes thoughts




For more information on the principles of culture mapping, see the presentation delivered by Ms Elizabeth Marasco, GIS developer for the Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific.