In the age of the internet, everything's going on-line.
Books, papers, journals, shops, to name a few.
Maps are also going online.
Spatial information is now available to people at the click of a button like never before. Usually, this information is to presented to people by one of the major search engine companies: Google, Microsoft, or Yahoo. However, these sources are restrictive, and will tend to show you information in a way that benefits their business model, for example Google's efforts to make it THE place to advertise your business.
There are other options. Openstreetmap, cloudmade and wikimapia are some of the more prominent "crowd mapping" services that can empower YOU and anyone you know to edit and develop maps for the greater good, just like wikipedia.
However, each of these applications is also limited, in one way or another. Maybe you want to get a specific message across. Maybe you want to present only a sample of the available data. Maybe you want your maps to be interactive.
Well, the skills on offer here may be for you.
The aim of this site is to harness the potential of web maps for the greater good.
For the good of the ecosystems we live in and the "ecosystems" of mutual understanding that hold us together.
Mapping takes relatively little energy, compared with driving, flying, heating buildings or watching youtube videos. However the benefits can be huge.
Hence the perspective of this site, that web maps can be used as an eco-technology.
See John Micheal Greer's book "The Ecotechnic Future" for more about this.
Made by Robinlovelace Industries, with some help from Matthew James Taylor