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Community Cartography

Contextualizing non-object based collections through contemporary design + social media.

The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB), in Seattle, Washington is a community-based museum actively engaged in documenting the culture and history of the wooden boat community. The CWB also seeks to enliven maritime history by facilitating a direct experience with small craft heritage through their collections, special projects, and programs. Central to the museum’s goal of facilitating direct experience is their ability to provide variable levels of interaction with their collections both on site and online.

This thesis considers the role of mapping as a contemporary design strategy for developing non-object based exhibits, online and on site, that encourage access to oral history and the continuation of asynchronous dialogue. Using content from a previous oral history case study, The History of the Craft, this project produced an interactive map that visually contextualizes the stories of ten shipwrights in relation to the places, people, and projects they have worked on over the years.

These stories were then made accessible in various corresponding locations around the Lake Union area, using a social media application called Woices, to facilitate real time interaction with the people and places that have contributed to Seattle’s maritime tradition. This project aims to provide participants with a new and innovative ways to experience living history — providing multiple points of access and opportunities for interaction though contemporary design and social media.


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