Using Open Source Tools to Decolonize Map Archives: The Case of Palestine Open Maps
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An essential part of the colonial process was mapping the colonies: to know their historical and spatial characteristics as a prelude to conquering them (Abu Sitta, 2004). The maps produced through those processes now sit in various archives, and often serve as a snapshot of the spatial layout of those regions during the colonial period. The Palestine Open Maps project uses the collaborative tools of OpenStreetMap to extract data from historical maps in mapathon events, and explores the liberatory power of open data by engaging the people represented by those maps in the mapping process.