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Walking is a great way to engage with places. It gives you time to unwind, get fit and if you take a few photos along the way, you can share that walk with others. But what if that walk could be made tangible? What if it could contribute to the future of these places? What if there was an app that mapped your walk, and collected your images, so you could share your views and experiences about the places you care about? A collection of people’s walks, images and reflections could document the real way that people engage with their urban and natural environments.

CmyView is a research project about creative ways to capture your views about places. The mobile app we want to develop will turn everyday kinds of participation, such as photography and walking, into evidence that has the ability to influence actions from government and corporate interests on the future of the environments and places you care about.

CmyView is part of Research My World, the crowdfunding joint venture between Deakin University and Pozible.com


Why is this important?

CmyView investigates methodologies for community consultation and the assessment of social value, issues central to the evaluation and future planning of urban and natural environments. Presently, these are typically carried out through public meetings, discussion groups, interviews, surveys, workshops or advisory committees. CmyView takes a new approach. This tool will make consultation spatial. It will make mapping an active experience that takes place in the present. CmyView brings together individual and collective experiences by connecting physical and virtual social environments in a meaningful way. The tool’s relevance lies in its potential capacity to reveal our stories, uses and associations with places, that are usually hidden invisible layers of the urban and natural environment. CmyView will challenge existing theoretical and practical frameworks that present unified visions of places and will make community consultation and the assessment of social value a creative practice that is your hands.

As a technology, CmyView, is unique. The app is innovative within the field of Information and Analytics, because it binds user-generated content via a social topic and a physical space simultaneously. This will elevate the experience of social sharing. More advanced analytics will also become possible because of the additional semantics. The insights generated will be valuable to community consultancy agencies, policy and social institutes, and more. At this stage, our focus is collecting your views about the places you care about, but the research has the potential to enable other kinds of data to be shared. CmyView will also make an important contribution to the interdisciplinary discourses on social value and participatory cultures, which are located at the intersection of established discourses in the fields of architecture, media and heritage. CmyView is an opportunity to develop new innovative approaches to the enduring question. What do our places mean to us?




Who is already on board?

Support for the app is already in place!


Geelong
The SocioCultural Ecologies Group from the School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin is developing a case study that will develop new perspectives on Geelong. Through the CmyView project, the case study will invite the people of Geelong to contribute to the future identity of their city.



Sydney
Super Sydney is a community group that is developing a metropolitan consciousness. As part of the 2014 Sydney Architecture Festival, they are developing a series of walks where participants will be able to document their views about their city through the CmyView project.

You?
If you are interested in being part of the CmyView project with your community, group or organisation, just get in touch. We'd love to add more names here!


How your pledge will help

We are seeking your enthusiasm and your financial support.

Your contribution will enable us to develop the methodology, test and evaluate relevant features from existing apps, and develop a 'proof of concept' (digital mock-up of the user interface) of the mobile technology. $6000 will provide the minimum seed funding in order to take the project forward and develop interest from industry and research funding bodies. $8000 or more will allow wider testing and evaluation and a more comprehensive 'proof of concept'. The more specific and developed our methodology, testing and 'proof of concept' is, the more successful we will be in getting CmyView's full technical realisation and development of the ground.

You can help by making a donation, spreading the word, sharing the webpage and encouraging your friends and family to be part of making CmyView a reality.

Your contribution is a vote for making your every-day participation in your places count.



CmyView in practice!

During the campaign I will be putting the ideas behind CmyView to the test. Each week I will be doing one walk in Geelong and one in Sydney. Some walks are organised events, listed below. You can email me for more information or follow the links to the main events. I am also equally interested in following in your footsteps, and sharing your experiences. So during the campaign I will also be walking some of the publicly shared walks from Map My Walk, and other walking websites. I'll update my walks here, and you can read more about each adventure on the CmyView blog here.

GEELONG M~M 2014 Walk on the 9th of May, 2014
To kick things off, I will be walking part of the M~M 2014 Walk, on the 9th of May. Along with other Deakin University Colleagues I will make my way from Moorpanyal Park (Station 4) to Steampacket Gardens (Station 5). I'll be taking photographs posting them to Instagram and adding my thoughts on Twitter, tagging them with #CmyView. Come along to this great walk, chat with me on Twitter or follow the progress via Instagram.

SYDNEY Sleepers Awake, Walk on the 25th of May, 2014
Two weeks later I will be walking with the Super Sydney team starting at 3pm from Blacktown Station to Bungarribee (about 8km) where a magical temporary public artwork, Sleepers Awake, will illuminate the dusk skies between 5:30 and 7:30pm. Sleepers Awake is an installation by international artists Heather and Ivan Morison. Sleepers Awake is a FREE event that has been organised by Western Sydney Parklands Trust and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and is open from 17 to 25 May 2014.

REWARD FOR PLEDGING: Participate in City Souvenirs by Nicole Seisler
Your $250 pledge wins you a spot on either a Geelong or a Sydney City Souvenirs Walk in September 2014). A unique opportunity to participate in this unique art project by taking your own porcelain imprint of the urban details you encounter. Your imprint will be sent back to the artists for firing and become a part of the walks collection.(http://citysouvenirs.wordpress.com) - plus a Shout Out! naturally!



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A$50 +A$50+ Reward –Your Walk, YOUR Souvenir! Pledge $50 and we will create a unique Souvenir Postcard of your walk – send us the route and any photos by email and you can be inspired by your own walk forever! We’ll post it on our blog as well, along with a well-deserved Shout Out! on our social media channels. And you can share your experience with us by tagging your photos with #CmyView on Instagram and Twitter. You can go it alone or take a friend. Explore new places in your neighbourhood!
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A$80 +A$80+Reward – WANDERLUST by Rebecca Solnit If you pledge $80 we will reward you with a copy of Rebecca Solnit’s "Wanderlust – a History of Walking" in which we will hide a mystery photo of Geelong or Sydney (you choose). We challenge you to walk and find where the photo was taken! We will also, of-course give you a well-deserved Shout Out! on our social media channels. Share your experience with us by tagging your photos with #CmyView on Instagram and commenting via Twitter.
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A$250 +All GoneA$250+Reward – CITY SOUVENIRS by Nicole Seisler Your $250 pledge wins you a spot on either a Geelong (21st Sep) or a Sydney (28th Sep) City Souvenirs Walk in September 2014. A unique opportunity to participate in this unique art project by taking your own porcelain imprint of the urban details you encounter. Your imprint will be sent back to the artists for firing and become a part of the walks collection (http://citysouvenirs.wordpress.com) - plus a Shout Out! naturally!
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A$1000 +A$1000+Reward COME ON BOARD This is the ultimate pledge, for $1000 become a MAJOR SPONSOR of CmyView¬ and be on the inside! Develop a project with your communities, and we will give you access to the CmyView proof of concept (digital mock-up) and include your project as a case study in the research. Plus your Logo on our Pozible webpage and link to your website, a Shout Out! AND five unique Souvenir Postcards (see $50 pledge) for your friends or staff!
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