The aim of Digital Inclusion map is to collect and map all the digital inclusion projects across New Zealand. We believe it is the first map to attempt this in New Zealand.
To use the Internet, you need digital skills, access, motivation – and to feel that you can trust the online environment. We need a range of ways to help Kiwis to feel comfortable in the digital world – and that means more courses and access points to get on the Internet.
Why do we need a digital inclusion map?
There are great projects happening across the country but many remain relatively unknown and deserve more visibility. The digital sector needs a better understanding of who is working with which communities,to build and grow digital skills. Organisations hosting these initiatives could work together better to help more people, or share participants if there are too many for one place to deal with. Decision makers, funders and policy makers in central and local government, and in the philanthropic sector, need to know what is already happening – and working – in digital literacy and digital inclusion so they can most effectively target investments.
Aims of the map
The map aims to map as many digital inclusion projects as we can, to get a picture of who is doing what, then we can all what is available in each area and see where best to use our resources. So far we have mapped nearly 500 project locations and over 1000 WiFi hot spots.
Project and resource locations can be shown by type, region, programme and owning organisation.
New version will colour code ‘hot-spots’
We are now (May 2017) working closely with InternetNZ on a new map with colour coding to show social and technology deprivation as well as local digital inclusion resources.