The Goshen Guide was designed to be versatile by tapping web-based content management tools to perform a variety of functions.
As a relational database, the connections between different elements are as important as the elements themselves. By considering the different ideas, activities, and stories they hold in common — and by using kumu to help visualize these connections — we can highlight the relationships in our community.
resource guide of resource guides
With so many non-profit and private enterprises supporting Goshen, documenting the services and resources they offer can be a significant undertaking. Then there’s the challenge of getting these guides into the hands that need them. Our goal is to bring them all into one place, alongside other useful data sets, directories, and information.
Accessibility has many dimensions. With the rise of social media and the risk of information saturation or overload, it’s easier to lose track of and forget important information. By carefully cataloging information using a variety of taxonomies, we aim to help people find the information most relevant to their current interests.
After gathering so much information into one place, it’s not surprising that some things surface as particularly compelling examples of what makes Goshen special. We aspire to curate these highlights in a way that helps people appreciate the breadth and depth of the systems they represent.
It’s hard to understand anything without appreciating context, which is often messy and subjective. As sociologists, journalists, designers, and information cartographers, we use a systems perspective to make sense of context — we look for patterns within the complexity. Even without providing answers, these patterns can lead to better questions, deeper inquiry, and more intentional steps forward.
Maps are tools for finding your way. They are not the terrain or the path itself, but the big picture of how the features to be navigated intersect. Besides geography, maps can help us visualize complex ideas, data, and patterns of relationships. “Helping the system see itself” is the first step in understanding complex problems.
We are all storytellers, and the stories we tell about ourselves shape our collective identity. Gathering these stories into one place helps us weave them together into larger — and richer — narratives about our community.
library of stories
We shouldn’t have to depend on google and Wikipedia to research local issues. Goshen Guide is a way to search carefully cataloged community content in one location. The Guide may not provide all the answers, but it can help form the appropriate questions upon a foundation of relevant local information.
Once new information is created, there aren’t always direct ways to publish it. Community members can use the Guide as a media platform to preserve and share their work with a broader audience.