Jonathan  Marino

  • Title / Position: Director, Content & Strategy
  • Organization: The MapStory Foundation
  • Website:
  • Twitter: @jonpmarino

I direct content and strategy for, an open data platform where people publish and peer-review spatial-temporal data sets (StoryLayers) and compose rich narratives based on these StoryLayers and other types of media (MapStories). My experience prior to MapStory includes coordinating service-learning programs in the Chicago Public Schools, co-founding the Center for Global Engagement at Northwestern University, conducting field research on post-conflict reconstruction programs in Uganda as a Fulbright Scholar, and staffing the Council of Chief State School Officers’ Innovation Lab as a Senior Associate. I grew up in Rockford, Illinois, studied political science and education at Northwestern University, and earned a Master’s of Philosophy from the National University of Ireland, Galway. On a volunteer basis I also edit, an effort to map and reflect upon quotations posted in DC.

  • MapStorytelling


    We are building a new dimension to the global data commons at that empowers users to “crowd source” data within a geospatial and temporal framework and represent these data in a standardized, searchable format (to include geospatial and temporal/chronological search), and in such a way that these data can easily be accessed, analyzed and visualized – particularly geospatially and temporally.

    In this session we would like to engage participants in an open discussion that hits on several of the universal questions posed by the process of MapStorytelling – i.e. how to facilitate quality peer review in an open environment, how to insert time into the current geo-spatial mix, what features are vital for enhancing the richness of narratives, how to deal responsibly with Creative Commons and Open Database licenses, etc.

    We’ll start by introducing the alpha version of, the concept of MapStorytelling as we are thinking about it to-date, and the questions we struggle with, and will then open up the floor for discussion.


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