HOW TO USE ANCESTRY ATLAS
1. Administrator Setup
A subscription is purchased to Ancestry Atlas
An administrator for the school registers using an email address
The administrator invites teachers to join the school’s private Ancestry Atlas
The teachers receive an email inviting them to activate their registration and provide details of their Ancestry
2. Ask for information
The teacher signs in to Ancestry Atlas and enters an email address of all students they wish to invite to join their Ancestry Atlas class group
The students receive an email to activate their registration
The students individually enter their Ancestry details through a simple web form
Adding details of languages and beliefs is entirely optional and confidential
3. Make the infographic
The Ancestry Atlas website automatically generates an infographic
Each country of the world is shaded darker commensurate with the population of the class from that location
The Infographic shows languages spoken at home and religious beliefs
An interactive table of data is available to view the data based on filters (eg: gender)
4. Share your results
The class discusses how they would like to share these maps (if at all)
A digital version can be shared using Social Media
Printouts of the image can be distributed
High Resolution for large size printing can be ordered online
5. Follow up activities (for Schools)
The infographic is a conversation prompt for Intercultural understanding
Compare your image to an international school through a teleconference tool
Ancestry Atlas provides Lesson Plans as part of the subscription fee.
For example, a Secondary class can use this activity as part of a lesson on Country borders versus ‘Nations’ such as First Nations original territories, Tribal or Ethnic groups (eg. Kurdish)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
These are the common FAQ’s for visitors to Ancestry Atlas. For further
enquiries, please use the Contact Us link at the bottom of this page.
We are continually improving the Ancestry Atlas website so would be happy to hear from you.
Ancestry Atlas is a conversation starter, and those conversations are not always simple and easy. There is a form available for print that can be taken home to encourage family conversations, eform. We are developing curriculum guides to guide teachers in having these conversations in a culturally sensitive manner. Within fractured communities these questions can open up wounds, so please be gentle.
If you think the name of a country has been accidentally excluded, please let us know here .
If you disagree with the country border location please let us know, select an approximation or select Not Applicable from the drop down list.
If you have any suggestions for how we can better accommodate and visually represent this, please don’t hesitate to contact us .
If you haven’t receive any activation link within 10 minutes please don’t hesitate to contact us .
Linguistics – 22%
Worldviews – 26%
From here, we created a mathematical formula that generates a ‘diversity index’ based on the value of each parameter within a particular group. First we calculate L1/N, where L1 norm (which is also known as taxicab metric, rectilinear distance or L1 distance) is the sum of absolute differences and N is the total number of different languages (or ethnicities or worldviews) in a group. Our vector can be shown as VN= (V1, V2…VN). So if in a group there are 5 people who all speak one language, our vector will be (5,0,0,0,0). If all speak different languages, it will be (1,1,1,1,1) and if all speak one language plus English, it will be ( 5,1,1,1,1 ). The entropy of this vector is considered as a probability distribution over the entropy of a ‘smoothed’ vector of the same length. So, in one example, when all the people in a group speak just one language, are all from one ethnicity and all believe in the same worldview, the diversity rating will be zero. At the opposite extreme, if the number of languages, ethnicities or worldviews equal or exceed the number of people in that team, the diversity rating will be 1 as the most diverse situation. This model has been expanded to include diversity across gender, ability, age, sexual identity and more. For more background and technical details refer to our paper A Practical Approach to Measuring Cultural Diversity on Australian Organizations and Schools, published in the International Journal of Social Science and Humanity, Vol. 7, No. 12, December 2017.