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What is Metamaps?

Metamaps is a free and open-source technology for changemakers, innovators, educators and students. It enables individuals and communities to build and visualize their shared knowledge and unlock their collective intelligence.

You can find a version of this software running at, where the technology is being tested in an open beta.

Metamaps is developed and maintained by a distributed, nomadic community comprised of technologists, artists and storytellers. You can get in touch by using whichever of these channels you prefer:

How do I learn more?

  • To send us a personal message get in touch with us via email, Twitter, or Hylo
  • If you would like to report a bug, please check the issues section in our contributing instructions.
  • If you would like to get set up as a developer, that's great! Read on for help getting your development environment set up.

Installation for local use or development of Metamaps

First off is getting the code downloaded to your computer. You can download a zip file from github, but if you've got git you can just run git clone in your terminal.

There are instructions for setup on various platforms, with particular support for Mac and Ubuntu, which can be found here:

If you prefer to isolate your install in a virtual machine, you may find it simpler to setup using Vagrant:

We don't promise support for Windows, but at one point we had it running and we've kept those docs available for reference

Licensing information

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

The license can be read here.

Copyright (c) 2017 Connor Turland