Cultural asset mapping is the process of developing a database of information that categorizes cultural assets, collects basic information about those assets, and then utilizes
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data to put assets on maps. Included in the database are physical assets – such as galleries and cenotaphs – as well as businesses and industries – such as graphic designers, architects and theater companies. A digital crowdsource mapping platform can engage the public to help the City obtain the cultural assets data.
Currently, the City collects asset data for about 150 organizations. However, to date no large-scale data collection of the entire arts and culture ecosystem has been undertaken and mapped. As part of the digital platform, there should be consideration of developing an integrated engagement tool to collect ideas from the public about arts, culture and creativity. Currently, staff has no medium, outside of direct emails, to collect ideas from the public. The City would like to create an interactive space for the public to share their thoughts and ideas thoughts about arts, culture and creativity in San Diego for planned engagement period.
Commission seeks a solution that would have the following desired outcomes:
- Develop a public-facing digital platform where San Diego residents can share ideas and map/geotag cultural assets in the city.
- Ability to prioritize submission and export dates on the backend, separate from the public interact.
- Determine how to make the platform visually appealing, engaging and well-designed.
- Platform should be optimized for mobile application and use (in addition to internet).
- Ensure system can be efficiently maintained.
- Create a strong base of information about cultural resources for utilization by the City for decision-making and planning.