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About PeopleMaps

PeopleMaps is a collaborative social mapping project designed to help people better understand social networks in cities and other communities. We're trying to develop an understanding of how human networks form and how information moves within them. This is a long term project started in 2011 and we are releasing new visualizations and other findings as we are able. You can read more about what we're doing in the upcoming issue of the Baltimore Social Innovation Journal, and hear more in this interview (TBA June 6 2014) with David Troy on WYPR's Maryland Morning. Or take a look at this June 2014 presentation from the Puerto Rico Tech Summit by David Troy.

How It Works

We each have friends and professional connections. These people form what's called our "social graph." Many of your friends and contacts also know each other. By analyzing your own personal social graph, you can learn a lot about how you spend your time, and the communities in which you participate. For example, you can visualize your own personal LinkedIn social graph here.
The People Maps project works by combining multiple social graphs together to create a unified picture of how a city, geographical area, or other community works. So with a few hundred people's social graphs, we can map many thousands of people, spanning many different professions and disciplines.

What We Do With Your Data

We're using this data to create map images and art prints, and to try to understand cities better. We're not sharing the data with other parties, but we will be sharing the maps we create. If we do collaborate with other parties it will be strictly for the production of maps that support the People Maps project.

Who's Behind This?

People Maps is an experimental civic art project started by Baltimore-based software developer and community organizer David Troy. It was started at Civic Hack Day in February 2011 with assistance from Bill Mill and others.

What's Next?

We're refining techniques to gather and present this data. It's a big challenge and expect it will take some time. We're looking for partners, additional computing capacity, interns, and other interested parties who would like to advance this work. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about sponsoring a specific mapping project, or can offer resources!

© 2011-2014 David Troy.