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Thanks for confirming your registration with Mapedia. Your account is now active and is ready to be logged into. Go ahead, just enter your registered E-Mail address and Password in the login area (top right of page) and click the Login button, and you should be ready to go...

Once logged in you can...
  • Add new Markers (locations) to the map
  • Add your own private Notes to locations
  • Or your own Informational Articles
  • Short Comments (or Tips..)
  • Or maybe Reviews
  • Or even Photographs
  • You can Edit your items, adding to them or fixing errors.
  • Or create Custom Maps of your favourite locations.
Contributing to Mapedia

Mapedia is as much about adding to the map, as it is finding locations on it. You have that power now! So maybe browse our location (Type) categories via our Type Picker button, look for locations in your locale that matter to you and if they are not there, why not add them?

Do you have a favourite Pub, Italian Restaurant, Cinema or Beauty Spot that is missing? Why not add it. Is there a Stone Age stone circle nearby, where you'd play as a child? Why not add it to the map and then maybe add an Info Article to that new location, outlining what is known about that location? If you own or work for a business, you can (literally) put it on the map. Mapedia gives you the Creation and Editing tools to form a map that truly reflects your locale, town and even region. Now it's just down to you to use them...

Welcome to Mapedia! Mapedia, where we can share our worlds…

Mapedia is a WIKI Map, allowing you to add your own information and improve a location further by editing it. Mapedia was designed as a space where we can find locations that are important to us, and which allows us to add locations that we know and love. Locations can be Historical, from the Iron Age, to World War II. Or they could be Local Beauty Spots, Art Galleries, Museums, Shops, Pubs and much more. If you can map it, you can find it or add it to Mapedia.

  • Searching for Locations on the map
  • Adding Locations to the map
  • Adding Information to Locations
  • Editing a Locations Information

And remember, Mapedia is all about sharing what you know in your locale.The more you add, the more Mapedia becomes YOUR map!

Testers, open me please! Calling all Mapedia testers

Thanks, phew, it was getting a bit claustrophobic in here… Right, you have kindly volunteered (or been press ganged) to test Mapedia. What exactly does this involve?

What we DO need...
  • Patience. Testing is a slow, non linear process
  • A clear description of the problems you encounter, is it a bug, where something failed, a graphical problem, or a workflow issue?
  • How can it be reproduced, with steps as to exactly how you can see the same issue again.
What we do NOT need...
  • Pointless, negative feedback, no "Its crap!" please…
  • Vague reports i.e. "It doesn't work (shrug)"
  • No clear steps how to reproduce the problem, its location, or how to improve it.
  • Being upset when we class a bug as being "as designed".
  • Being upset when we don't drop everything to carry out your advice.

Some further things to consider… The key to being a good tester is when you find a problem, stop, and make notes as to how it occurred. Then, do the same thing again. Follow the steps you just noted down, and see if you get the issue to repeat.

If you can, go ahead and report. Reproducibility is a key factor in Bug reporting and coding. If a coder/designer cannot reproduce,locate or understand your feedback, how can they take it on board and deal with it?

Testing modes

There are different kinds of testing, all are valuable to us…

  • Testing Workflow: This is, using the website as intended. Trying to do the things that the website supports, in the way it was intended to be used. This is more about smoothing out any workflow issues in the website. Pick a task, and try to carry it out. Try and do it in a number of various ways, going a little off the beaten track as general users would. This helps us remove unintentional errors and minor workflow issues.
  • Rowing Upstream: Use the site in a non conventional way. Do things that a user might do in error. Actively try and break the site. This can help us bullet proof the site and its systems.
  • Hack Security: Try and break through the security of our site, or test out using our site in different scenarios (at home, on a Laptop etc). Is our account system secure and easy to use etc.
  • Rince, Repeat: Return to things you have tested previously and which now (in theory) are fine. Sometimes fixing bug X, can cause new bug Y. So going over "working" areas of the site again is well worth it.
Reporting Bugs

So, please go ahead and use the site, have a read of the tutorials, or just jump in and see how things go. It might actually be a good idea for some testers NOT to read the tutorial and see how easily they can use the site, with no prompting and a little experimentation. And when you do find an issue, just hit the link below to open our Bug Reporting Form.

Bug Reporting Form

Google Adense

Google Adense is our advertising engine, it drives our banner ad display. Adsense is something we need to be careful about whilst testing. We would ask you, to refrain from clicking on the banner ads at screen bottom, unless you really are interested in the products or services shown. Google are very very sensitive to users "gaming" their system, and clicking on their own ads (to generate revenue). We have avoided clicking on them for this reason, and we would ask you to do the same, unless there is genuine interest on your behalf...

Mapedia, the story so far... The Genesis

The origins of Mapedia first stirred in the Summer of 2009, when I, Chris Thomas and Wilson Stockman were having a lunch-break conversation in a greasy-spoon cafe in Soho, London. I commented that I felt there was a hidden history, all around London, in terms of its buildings, and their origins. Look up at almost any older London building, and there in brick and stone is a past, that is now mostly lost and forgotten. This brought about the conclusion that, though maps like Google Maps were a great innovation. That they had no real concept of time. They only captured the layout of the present. In effect, they were only skimming the surface of what a map really could record about our environment.

A few months later, Wilson and I agreed to work on a web project together, and were just waiting for lightning to strike, ideas wise. I saw an article on a London artist, that had created a map based on the experiences and memories of residents locales. A map of context and local colour, Mods and Rockers, The Good Life in Surbiton, landmark concerts at The Marque etc. This reminded me of antique maps, with their "Here be Dragons!", and an old 50's Encyclopaedia I had once read, with a map of the world, with its resources, cultures and animals laid out. It also brought back the conversation to me about mapping buildings history and this triggered an idea that we both agreed we could work on... Mapedia was born!

The Mission

To create a user generated, WIKI, evolving map, that charts not only the commercial and every day locations, but also the History, Heritage, Culture and Greater Context of each local community and its surrounding landscape.

The State of Play

As with most websites, what you see at launch, is not Mapedia as we envisage it when "complete". Right now, we are focusing on the base WIKI functionality. We have the core technologies and interfaces in place that empower you to Add locations and to then improve the information on those locations, with Title Images, Image Galleries, Descriptions, Comments and Reviews and more. Editing of existing items is in place.

Our key concept of an evolving map, will follow, if we can make Mapedia commercially successful enough to support that development work.

This is of course a classic chicken and egg situation. What would make Mapedia unique as a map, has little commercial value. But we feel it is the core of Mapedia, and so we will be populating the map with Historical, Heritage and Contextual locations, plus a smattering of more standard commercial locations, such as Pubs, Restaurants, Shops and Services. These may seem purely commercial, but they in themselves WILL become historical locations as time passes on.

What you see now, is we hope, just a base-camp. In future we plan to scale to much greater heights. We have solid goals, plans and proto-types we are working on, to bring to life the real Mapedia. But for now, we need to establish the basics on which we will later build....

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