"Systems Evolution: A Gigamap" by Greg Van Alstyne

What is the central challenge facing government institutions and societies in coming decades? We define this challenge as Digital Era Governance, where information knows few boundaries, power is dispersed, and authority and accountability need to be re-conceived. The accompanying information graphic map is a work in progress, a visualization serving to elicit and represent perspectives, insights, issues, patterns of change, shifting values and norms associated with this transformation.

Led by a team from OCAD University’s Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab), as part of an initiative of the Digital Governance Partnership, this work is being co-created as a gigamap. Gigamapping is defined (Sevaldson, 2011) as “super extensive mapping across multiple layers and scales, investigating relations between seemingly separated categories and so implementing boundary critique to the conception and framing of systems.”

In this article for Canadian Government Executive, Vol. 21 Issue 3, Greg Van Alstyne outlines the gigimap developed for the SSHRC-funded project, Digital Era Governance. http://www.canadiangovernmentexecutive.ca/transformation/renewal/item/1804-systems-evolution-a-gigamap.html