Icons and criteria
The Joburg Green Map uses the globally designed, universal set of symbols developed by Green Map System that has been adopted in 350 published green maps around the world to connect millions with green living, nature, social and cultural resources close to home and while travelling.
Open Green Map
The Green Map System has been around since 1995 and has evolved into a movement that has spread to over 500 cities, towns and villages in 54 countries. Late in 2008 the Green Map System introduced Open Green Map.
Based on open source and familiar mapping technology like Google Maps, Open Green Map has taken mapmaking into an interactive space that provides a collaborative resource centre for map makers around the world.
The digital version of the Joburg Green Map is created on this Open Green Map platform and results in an easy-accessible, community-driven and up-to-date resource of local knowledge which is shareable across the globe.
The Green Map icons
The award-winning icons, which are also apparently the world's only universal symbol set for maps, make each Green Map easy to explore, regardless of the language and culture of the viewer. They're also continually updated. We're now using version 3, which took five years to update with the help of hundreds of Green Mapmakers and the public, completed in early 2008.
The icons are copyright protected by the Green Map System, Inc. 2008, with all rights reserved. The Joburg Green Map uses them with permission.
The Green Map icons are divided into three major genres: Culture & Society, Nature, and Sustainable Living. Each icon has a specific of criteria to define it, and it is with this criteria in mind that green sites are critiqued before being added to the map. This ensures consistency and a trusted categorisation. Please explore the definitions of the icons to learn more.