About IMW Australia - On Demand
IMW Australia - On Demand, created by Winyama, hosts your favourite Indigenous mapping training in one, accessible place.
Built on Open edX, a software used to deliver online courses, IMW Australia - On Demand can be accessed by IMW participants all over Australia. Users do not need to have any additional technical skills and it’s free for anyone who has been accepted via the application form on the IMW Australia website.
IMW Australia - On Demand hosts culturally appropriate content for participants of all mapping abilities, providing workshop sessions on a variety of different platforms and mapping software.
Workshop sessions are self-paced and available for participants to access at their leisure, utilising both desktop learning and virtual labs.
IMW Australia - On Demand is the result of hard work behind the scenes from the Winyama team in response to the global Coronavirus pandemic. But without our long-term partnerships and supporters, this would not have been possible.
It is because of our partners that we have been able to create the first free, online and openly accessible Indigenous Mapping Workshop resource in Australia - all within a six month period.
We are so thankful for the support of these organisations and their contribution to our mission.
IMW Australia is organised by
About our artist - Keisha Leon, Leon Design
Creating a safe, inspiring and culturally-appropriate learning environment for our IMW Australia - On Demand users was of the utmost importance to the Winyama team. In July 2020, we set out to find an Indigenous designer who could help us achieve our vision.
Keisha, a Waanyi and Kalkadoon woman and Founder of Leon Design, cleverly and masterfully took our design brief and objectives and is responsible for the artwork that you see today on the IMW Australia - On Demand platform.
IMW Australia, in conjunction with Google Creative Labs, asked Keisha to develop an Indigenous visual identity for Indigenous Mapping Workshop that would inspire learners and provide users with a valuable and rewarding learning experience. The artwork needed to reflect IMW Australia’s greater purpose – Indigenous people working on their culture in a digital space; using new ways and data to respect and conserve both culture and Country.
The artwork shows both the stories and knowledge that are embedded into Country, as well as the growth of communities empowered by data and digital technologies to map their Country.
Read more about Keisha's work here.