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Culture mapping is an approach used to identify, record and use cultural resources and activities for building communities. Communities map what is important to them. For example they map what they want to conserve, challenging historical themes, potential tourism sites and routes. Culture mapping develops imaginative thinking and knowledge fusions between different aspects of a culture and maximizes the creative potential of a community.

There are many techniques for creating a culture map. A culture map cannot show everything about a place. For it to communicate clearly, it should show a limited number of items.

Mapping Methodologies

Community/Social Mapping


Mapping our social networks, developing imaginative thinking and knowledge fusions maximizing the creative potential of a community

Social mapping can be used to present information on village layout, infrastructure, demography, ethno-linguistic groups, health pattern, wealth and other social issues.

Social mapping is an effective way to address educational issues from an innovative perspective whilst reading and writing maps addressing questions of location in a social and cultural context. Social mapping uses visualization to provoke discussion and understanding of issues that are not always easy to communicate.

Mind Mapping


A learning and thinking tool which revolutionizes the process of taking down notes and absorbing information, overcomes complex problems and organizes thoughts

By using a mind map, the 'shape' of the central subject/topic and the linkages to related ideas or points are shown in a structure or format that the mind can easily understand and process information. Since mind maps incorporate images, symbols and shapes, codes, keywords, and colors, vital points are easier to recall and the connections between the main topic and the related points are clearly emphasized.
In many ways, mind maps are useful in presenting consolidated information that shows the over-all structure of the ideas, overcoming complex problems, and organizing thoughts.

Cognitive Mapping


An internal spatial representation of environmental information

Cognitive maps are a way we use to structure and store spatial knowledge, allowing the "mind's eye" to visualize images in order enhance recall and learning of information. 
This type of spatial thinking can also be used as a metaphor for non-spatial tasks, where people performing non-spatial tasks involving memory and imaging use spatial knowledge to aid in processing the task.

Here, 'cognition' can be used to refer to the mental models, or belief systems, that people use to perceive, contextualize, simplify, and make sense of otherwise complex problems.

Concept Mapping


A tool for assisting and enhancing thought processes, illustrating interrelatedness and the connections between different phenomena

A concept map may begin with a main idea in the centre of the page -- it may be a word, a phrase, or a couple of juxtaposed ideas, for example -- place related ideas on branches that radiate from this central idea.