Accounts Needed for Social System Mapping
Social System Mapping involves the use of two online platforms, sumApp
sumApp is essentially a highly-specialized & super-sophisticated survey tool used for mapping social eco-systems. It's a data-gathering tool designed to be user-friendly, change-able as your network's understanding and needs change, and provide time-frames for seeing how your network changes over time. It structures the data so that it works perfectly with Kumu w/o you having to do any wrangling (which is common and time-consuming if you use other survey tools) and can be live-linked into Kumu so you can watch the map develop in real time.
Kumu is a data-visualization tool. You use it to create interactive, online maps and views of your network that your whole network can access. It represents your data in whatever ways you need, but it doesn't help you collect that data, which is why we use the two tools together.
Kumu accounts can be personal (simple permissions) or organizational (more complex permissions & other features).
Projects in Kumu can be public (free in personal) or private (cost depends on type of account).
You need one project per social system map.
Access to projects can be shared with others. Levels of sharing depend on whether the account is personal or organizational.
Please note: Kumu and sumApp have no organizational or legal relationship to one another.
In this knowledge base, we share tips for how to do things in Kumu, but it's limited to the kinds of things you'd do with data gathered in sumApp. We don't provide instruction on everything that can be done is Kumu, and sumApp is not responsible for issues arising in Kumu that are unrelated to sumApp.
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Social System Mapping Principles
The original network visualization tools (as well as, perhaps, the underlying scientific research goals they were designed to serve) imposed constraints on a Social Network Analysis project that no longer apply when using sumApp and Kumu together. ...
What is Social System Mapping?
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Social System Mapping? Social System Mapping is an expanded version of Network Mapping that is emerging from the increased functionality of the combination of sumApp and Kumu. It's a mash-up of system mapping, social network mapping, asset ...
Video of a Social System Mapping Presentation to the Blue Marble Evaluation Network
Sarah Shanahan of the RE-AMP Network and I recently had the honor of presenting the Social System Mapping concept and the RE-AMP map to the Blue Marble Evaluation Network. You can watch it here...
Understanding the Relationship Between sumApp and Kumu
Kumu is an online platform that visualizes data in network graph format. A personal account is free. Each account can have unlimited 'projects'. Projects that are indexed and viewable by the public are free. Private projects cost roughly $10/month. ...