What People Are Saying About 'On the Map'
In the media:
One of the best aspects of this initiative is that it is user-generated. This has several important implications. For one thing, it means that anyone can upload data, and therefore the collection reflects diverse information. This is especially important in women’s work, which often does not merit the global attention that it deserves...
Related to this is the idea that the initiative builds collaboration. It is a reminder that encouraging women’s leadership and increased public roles and visibility is not just about going into competition with men. It’s also about bringing with us a different working culture, one of collaboration, cooperation and care. The very nature of this initiative, which relies on a kind of democracy of knowledge, is precisely a model of a women’s culture of collaboration, in which everyone is capable of contributing, and all knowledge is valued.
The home of a Jewish woman who supported the Confederacy. The deli owned by the mother of America’s most famous Jewish film director. The synagogue where your mom had her bat mitzvah. These and other sites are part of a new virtual mapping project showing locations that are important in Jewish women’s history...
“[Jewish people] know this history because they live in it. These places aren’t necessarily… typical memorials, they could be any sort of place where history related to Jewish women happened,” said Gail Reimer, executive director of JWA. “We’re exploring Jewish women’s history in a new way.”
The smart cookies at Jewish Women’s Archive have been writing women back into the story since 1995, and this month they launched a most awesome way to mark the accomplishments Jewish women have made along the way. And guess what? They want US to help!
They’re calling it “crowdsourcing” — you and I finally have the power to contribute the stories WE value, which is pretty amazing opportunity. When’s the last time someone asked you write history? Let’s reclaim our mothers and grandmothers and the immigrant great aunts from the void! By marking the places where they lived and worked, others can visit and honor their lives.
I liked the idea of the site in theory, but figured it was worth checking into practice, so I went to the “On the Map” website and discovered that no one had posted a Minnesota landmark on the site. G-d forbid!
First I added literary pioneer Ruth Brin’s birthplace in Saint Paul, Minnesota as a landmark, uploaded her photo and a short bio from her TC Jewfolk obituary in September 2009.
But since “On the Map” is not just historical and political, but personal, I decided to add another landmark in Jewish women’s history -- mine.
Our friends at the Jewish Women’s Archive have started an interactive, user-generated guide to physical landmarks in Jewish women’s history. And, refreshingly, it’s not one of those old-world Jewish-nonprofit “innovation” ideas — you know, the kind where it’s one person’s property or where nobody else can see what’s going on. The entire thing is accessible on Google Maps and on JWA’s website. Using their online form, anyone can propose their own content to be added, making it a truly collaborative work.
I am proud to have written the piece about my Bubbe as part of an introduction to this project, and equally so to have seen that one of the first women added to the map by a reader was Bobbie Rosenfeld, a famous Canadian Jewish woman athlete and sports writer related to me through marriage (she’s an ancestor of my brother’s wife).
I will plan on doing my part to fill up that map and hope you will, too.
The Jewish Women’s Archive have today launched 'On the Map', a Google Maps mashup to highlight these landmarks, that tell the stories of Jewish women.
The map uses the Drupal content management system with the Google Maps API, to create an interactive, crowdsourced record of Jewish women’s history landmarks in America. Users can also add landmarks to the map.
The Jewish Women’s Archive is putting Jewish women back on the map. Literally. As part of Women’s History Month, the group has concocted a Google map that pins down the locations of famous landmarks in Jewish women history.
The Archive, a nationwide organization that seeks to uncover, chronicle, and transmit to the public the rich history of American Jewish women, is inviting everyone to share a landmark for the “On the Map” project. With no other record or database of Jewish women’s history landmarks in America, the Archive is hoping “On the Map” will prevent women’s stories from going unheralded.
In an effort to “put Jewish women (and their accomplishments) on the map” JWA has begun an initiative to geographically highlight the landmarks that tell the stories of Jewish women. Participation is encouraged.