Bio Mapping

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= Emotional Mapping project



Anne Galloway:

"Since 2004, over 1500 people around the world have participated in the Bio Mapping project to create “emotion maps” of their cities and neighbourhoods. While all the projects mentioned above allow non-experts to collect data and share it in ways they find meaningful, the Bio Mapping project is unique in its desire and ability to collect more ambiguous data.

Bio Mapping is a community mapping project in which … participants are wired up with an innovative device which records the wearer’s Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), which is a simple indicator of the emotional arousal in conjunction with their geographical location. People re-explore their local area by walking the neighbourhood with the device and on their return a map is created which visualises points of high and low arousal. By interpreting and annotating this data, communal emotion maps are constructed that are packed full of personal observations which show the areas that people feel strongly about and truly visualise the social space of a community.” (