Murmurations enables multiple maps and directories to be built from a shared, distributed data set.
Advantages of Collaborative Mapping
Murmurations solves the problems of centralised maps and directories, managed by a single entity or person by:
- Distributing the effort of data collection
- Making data interoperable so it can power multiple maps and directories
- Providing a ‘last updated’ timestamp to show the age of every profile
- Distributing the effort of keeping data up to date
- Enabling Profile changes to be reflected on multiple maps and directories
- Improving data quality, reliability and usability
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What can you do with Murmurations?
How it works
A Murmurations profile is a .json file which describes a ‘node’ on the Murmurations network.
Anyone can make a profile to describe a person, a project, an organisation, or any other entity.
Profiles are hosted anywhere online and their URLs are submitted to the Murmurations Index.
The Murmurations Index keeps a record of all the profile URLs and timestamps of when they were last updated.
When you update a profile you can resubmit its URL to update the index.
The Index is accessible to aggregators via an open API.
Aggregators query the index regularly for profile changes, enabling them to provide accurate and timely information in maps, directories and content aggregators, using the Murmurations WordPress aggregator plugin, or their own custom code.
Murmurations also enables other types of decentralised data sharing and content aggregation – read about what else you can build on Murmurations.
Murmurations is an unfunded volunteer-led project.
Please consider making a donation to support the development of better maps, directories and aggregators.
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Get in Touch
We are especially interested to hear from organisations within the solidarity / mutual aid / collaborative / cooperative economy who share our ambitions to reveal the synergies within our movement – and would be interested in collaboration.