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The yuj.it open data web portal is being developed to share data about places on our planet in open, public, machine-readable formats. Groups can then generate maps off of the data. This data is their own, for example public data about their members. The aim is to help increase understanding of complex mind-body practices like yoga which will lead to better policy making. It is mainly for administrators of groups, researchers, journalists or public officials who require relaible information for public relations or to effect government policy. The data is able to be shared rapidly without a high level of technical skills.

The portal is designed using industry standard technology that provides publicly shared large open datasets with standard open-data APIs. This means even small organizations can build their open data platforms that are fully compatible with their own web technology but also with gigantic systems used by state governments and large, intergovernmental organizations like the United Nations.

Because maps can tell a story more effectively than a spreadsheet; yuj.it has been designed to create maps that can be published directly on groups own websites and shared on social media.

The open data web portal is for adding datasets of geographical locations that are:

  1. Accessible to the public
  2. Connected to personal, bodily experience1)

They could be:

  • A viewpoint of an area of outstanding natural beauty;
  • A mix of natural and cultural features in the landscape, (e.g. a public work of art, or a heritage site); or
  • An occupied place (including people) used for a variety of activities, e.g. a retreat centre, gymnasium, holiday resort, temple or community hall

The relationship between human activity and space is a complex one. […] social and individual life takes place, yet is not easy to identify the clear edge between when our activities dictate how our environment should – or could – be designed, and when our environment defines how our activities occur. Wash Ivanovic, Glen, 'People as Place-Making Coordinate: A Methodology for Visualizing Personal Spaces', Frontiers of Architectural Research (2014)

FIXME We're working on the documentation for this now :-D

Take a look at how the site is shaping up already.

Module contents

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Affects include moods, atmospheres and a wide variety of social interactions and encounters

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