Digital Inclusion map grows in coverage and flexibility

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A close up of digital inclusion resources in Auckland

The 2020 Trust’s Digital Inclusion map (at www.digitalinclusion.nz) has reached a milestone, with over 500 resources ‘pins’ added.

2020 launched the prototype Digital Inclusion map at InternetNZ’s NetHui in July 2015. At the launch, the Executive Director of the 2020 Trust explained, “The digital sector needs a better understanding of who is working with which communities,to build and grow digital skills. There are some great projects happening across the country but many remain unknown and need visibility.”

The map is expected to help local authorities, government and others gain a better understanding of the digital inclusion world, as well as to facilitate collaboration in the sector. It is a free, open resource for local, regional and national policy and project planning, showing gaps in geographic or resource type coverage. As well, we expect the map to be increasingly useful to people and organisations working with unemployed, people needing computer skills and people at risk of digital exclusion.

The map was well received at NetHui, with nearly 100 Digital Pins (resources) added to the map in three days.  The map uses information already in the public domain, and links to each individual resource’s websites for full and up to date details.

During 2016, we will work with InternetNZ to extend the prototype map and get better insights into the challenges to increasing digital inclusion.

Growth in coverage and flexibility

Since its launch, the map has grown and become more flexible:

  • So far 518 digital projects, locations and resources have been mapped.
  • Filters allow drill down by region, programme, organisation or audience, as well as by resource type
  • Bulk upload of digital inclusion resources allows organisations with many resources to add them via a simple spreadsheet. This was used to add Pins for Aotearoa People Network Kaharoa (APNK) libraries, SeniorNet, REAPs and others.
  • An iframe interface allows the map to be easily added to other websites, showing a subset of resources.  We use this for our Stepping UP and KiwiSkills programmes, but it can also be used by other organisations working for digital inclusion, to add resource mapping functionality to their website.

You can help

You can help, by spreading the word of the prototype map, and by adding digital inclusion resources that you know of.  To add a new Digital Pin, go to www.digitalinclusion.nz/suggest-a-new-resource.

If your organisation would like to bulk upload details of its projects, or display the map on its website, please contact Laurence Millar, Executive Director (laurence.millar@2020.org.nz ).  To update or remove a mapped resource, please use the link on each resource’s detail page on www.digitalinclusion.nz.