GED -Toolkit: Open Geospatial Data and tools to support generative economic process in local communities.
2021-10-01, 13:00–13:30, Academic

The main question around which the contents of the paper presented here are articulated is:
How can FOSS GIS support the triggering of generative economy processes in small settled communities?
The paper answers this question by proposing a toolbox made up of specific Open Geospatial Data that can be processed through FOSS GIS, these data consist of specific maps, accompanied by numerical values.

The information collected is intended to lay the foundations for an open access manual of procedures to support the creation of an open shared database.
This manual, currently under development, is created within a basic research funded by the Politecnico di Milano and is an integral part of an experimental game aimed at supporting students in the development of local self-sustainability scenarios.
The manual is called the GED Toolkit. The acronym GED stands for Generative Environmental Design, with this term we refer to an approach to the design of the anthropized environment oriented towards the development of generative economies. This last term in particular refers to what is defined in the works of Marjorie Kelly (Owning Our Future, 2012), in this regard the author writes: “It's a corner of the economy (hopefully someday much more ) that's not designed for the extraction of maximum financial wealth, Its purpose is to create the conditions for life".
Kelly and Ted in this regard present 7 basic principles that identify the characteristics of a generative economic process (Kelly, Ted, 2019). The paper illustrates how from real good practices consistent with these principles, the information concerning them can be translated into meaningfull maps. The latter are useful in the first place to understand the systemic characteristics of the practice itself and the relationship with the territory that hosts it, and secondly to verify the possible transferability to other contexts.
The transposition of good practice features into georeferenced maps is carried out firstly by building specific Impacts Geographies (IGs) associated with the activities that characterize it, and secondly by testing the potential for use of the IGs in verifying compliance with the 7 principles of generative economic processes.
Impact Geographies (IGs) are characterized by a common structure consisting of georeferenced vectors representative of the main supply chain phases of a general product or facility. By supply chain we mean the entire life cycle of a material or energy product, from production / extraction, to consumption and to the end of life of any kind of waste associated with the same chain.

Authors and Affiliations

Clementi, Matteo (1)
Labrozzi, Erpinio (1)
(1) Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano, Italy






2 - Basic. General basic knowledge is required.

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