Phase 2: Portal
Phase 3: Hub
Phase 4: Enterprise
During Phase 1 we carefully curated what is likely the largest geodatabase of Catholic information in the world. Our maps were displayed in Casina Pio IV at the Vatican and our mapping has received expressions of interest from various groups in the Roman Curia, from Catholic NGOs, and from multi-national organizations around the world. We have laid the technical foundation and established the social connections needed to move our efforts forward, with sufficient financial support, we can build the front-end of our technology to meet existing demand for these services and connect even more platform partners to each other to accomplish measurable progress in improving the state of the planet and prosperity around the world.
We have laid the foundation for the Catholic Geography System with a world-class team of collaborators that includes systems architects and engineers who have contributed to the development of major spatial data infrastructures (SDI), including the City of Los Angeles’ GeoHub, the European Union’s INSPIRE SDI, and the GeoSUR SDI for the Latin American Development Bank. During our Phase 1 development we established a partnership with Esri, the global leader in geospatial technology, to launch the Catholic Geographic System. As part of this effort, we discussed our work with leadership in the Holy See and received approval to map ecclesiastical jurisdictions globally. To date, we have developed the first comprehensive global maps of Catholic Latin-rite ecclesiastical jurisdictions in history.
Molly works from Esri's Headquarters in Redlands, CA on a sponsored residency to lay the foundation for the Catholic Geographic System. For four months she worked closely with various teams to plan the phased roll out of the Catholic Geographic System.
A late night in the APL, 2016
GoodLands presented its comprehensive global maps of ecclesiastical jurisdictions. This is the first time the Catholic Church has been globally mapped in history. These were presented on three occasions in the Vatican. This photo is from a December meeting of the Vatican Arts and Technology Council, where GoodLands recreated a modern galleria delle carte geografiche in Casino Pio IV, the building that houses the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Modern Hall of Maps
Before GoodLands began any mapping work, we went to Rome and met with leaders in the Roman Curia to ask permission to map the Church globally and discuss privacy needs.
Our conversations with Catholic leadership continue to cover important topics, such as SDI governance and the role of data , technology, and religion in the digital age.
Third Loggia, Apostolic Palace
For the Catholic Geographic System to reach its full benefit, we must socialize the movement of geography + faith and inspire people and organizations to explore what combining mission and geography can do for them. We partnered with Maps.com to release our first series of educational map products.
Since we are the first curators of digital ecclesiastical maps and Catholic education is the largest nongovernmental system of education in the world, we currently are dominating a large entirely unexplored market for map products and foresee that their revenue will support some of our programs in the future.
All of our maps and data are currently cloud-based and selectively accessible to a small group of individuals. We are developing partnerships with major Infrastructure Service companies to efficiently support the hardware systems necessary for the Catholic Geographic System.
During one of her trips to Rome, Molly had the opportunity to meet His Holiness, Pope Francis and show her maps to his excellency, Msgr. Sordono, (chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences) and economist Jeffrey Sachs.
Our innovative use of geodata to drive land-use decisions inspires change by integrating the data with marketing practices modeled of large, successful companies. We use our data to inform and measure project impacts in near real-time and improve programs. Our approach has been presented and discussed at international conferences, and institutions including but not limited to: ICT4D, Esri UC (2017), REIL Network, Yale University, the Conway School, Vatican Youth Symposium, Vatican Arts and Technology Council.
A key component of our Phase 0 and Phase 1 Development were developing partnerships with the right groups.
Catholic Hierarchy's generous contribution of data provides much of the statistical and name information behind our foundational geodatasets. CH has been working hard for over 20 years curating data about the Catholic Church.
The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) is an established Catholic research center that explores global trends in the Church. They generously let us work with their U.S. Data to test models.
Our next phase of development is seeking not only contributing data partners, but organizations interested in testing our beta portal and contributing insights and cannon law expertise to our governance working group.
There was virtually no geodata about the Church when we started our effort.
Producing these maps required a large, dedicated team of staff and careful research through thousands of resources.
These, and other property-scale maps and religious order maps we have developed over the past year comprise the foundational datasets for the Catholic Geographic System.
Our ecclesiastical jurisdiction maps are accurate up to at 1:3,000,000 scale -- we are working to make this even finer in our next iteration.
When we began our mapping we also had to begin developing a data dictionary and ontologies. In doing so, we realized that our maps reveal the social structures of the Catholic Church as well as its geography, adding an extra dimension to what we can see.
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