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KCGeoLab: Mobile Interactive Experience

A mobile museum of geographic science in Kansas City

KCGeoLab: Mobile Interactive Experience

A mobile museum of geographic science in Kansas City

pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, August 24 2017 1:36 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 24, 2017

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About

Help us start KCGeoLab, a mobile interactive experience of geographic science, in Kansas City, MO. Using technology such as projector mapping, 3D printing, Geographic Information Systems, 3D modelling, and interactive touch displays, KCGeoLab will connect people young and old to the fascinating world of geography as a modern scientific discipline. 

Why KCGeoLab?  

As a group of geographers, designers, and community advocates, we became tired of hearing how unaware so many people are of the world around them and the processes that worked to shape it. 

The KCGeoLab team
The KCGeoLab team

When people think of the word “geography” they tend to think of state capitals listed on a chalkboard at school. In fact, geography is a modern science that shows how places evolve with respect to people, nature, and earth systems.

Another big aspect of KCGeoLab is popularizing the use of data in the mainstream. There are so many open data platforms in Kansas City alone and across the internet, but few people know how to use these resources. We want to not only show people where to find data and information, but how to utilize it to create things that provide meaningful change in their communities.  

What is Geography?  

Geography is the study of where things are, how they got to be there, and what they mean for the things around them. In other words, geographers look at a place not as a dot on a map, but as a place filled with people, nature, culture, structures, and landscapes.

Whether it’s trying to figure out why one area of a country is wealthier than another or why the same fossils show up in two different continents, geography helps us answer fundamental human questions. Where are we? How did we get here? And where are we going?  

What Does KCGeoLab Do?  

  • KCGeoLab researches cool stuff.  
  • KCGeoLab connects data to people.  
  • KCGeoLab solves problems with geography.  
  • KCGeoLab makes Kansas City a smarter place.  

What’s Next for KCGeoLab?

Throughout summer 2017, we will be exhibiting our prototype exhibit at events and fairs around Kansas City. Our prototype exhibit consists of a 3D printed model of the Downtown Kansas CIty Loop upon which we project data maps, an interactive GIS map layers display, and map poster prints for sale. Additionally, we will continue to connect with other organizations and the public to learn how we can most benefit the community.  

What’s The Future of KCGeoLab?  

Eventually, KCGeoLab envisions opening a full brick-and-mortar museum and community research center. Picture a science museum but for geography. Using technology such as VR, interactive projectors, (bigger) 3D printing, and motion tracking, we will create an experience through which people can explore their geography like they’ve never done before.  

We will also use the space to host researchers, providing resources and connections while making Kansas City a nexus for open-source geographic study in the United States. We not only want to offer researchers data and digital resources, but equip them with tools such as drones, plotters, and printing to take their research from idea to demonstrable public good.  

Additional programs will include:  

KCGeoBlog  

A blog dedicated to bringing the most cutting edge and thought-provoking geographic research to the public. Some content will come from our own researchers. Some will be a showcase for other independent researchers around Kansas City and even the whole world. 

KCGeoStore  

A physical and online shopfront dedicated to celebrating Kansas City as a place. 

Similar to stores such as found at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the KCGeoStore will be a place where residents and tourists can buy maps, data visualizations, and place-inspired merchandise of Kansas City. We want everyone to be able to take a little bit of KC home with them while providing an outlet for freelance creators we seek to enable.  

Online Data Portal  

KCGeoLab will provide a platform on our website for creators of all kinds to find Kansas City data quickly and easily. The portal will include both KCGeoLab’s original data as well as data we curate from a variety of local data providers and governments.

The goal is to have a one-stop for anyone looking for high-quality, ready to use geographic data for whatever projects they want to do. Data is often very fragmented and difficult to find even in a single city. We want to fix that.  

Workshops  

We understand that not everyone has the know-how to even use data or to do research projects. That’s why KCGeoLab wants to provide workshops and educational opportunities to local creators. 

Whether it’s guiding you through basic data analysis or GIS or even cartographic or 3D design techniques, we want to empower people to have an impact on their communities.

Risks and challenges

One of KCGeoLab's biggest challenges is providing an open-data platform that is truly accessible to the public. This means everything from acquiring all of the diverse data held by dozens of organizations both in and outside of Kansas City to processing datasets in a way that they are easy and intuitive to use.

Our team is uniquely equipped to handle this challenge because we have extensive experience both as data analysts and designers. But at the core, we are users of open-data who thrive in community collaboration. We understand better than anyone the extent of the problem we seek to address.

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