PPGISPublic Participation in Geographic Information Systems
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During the workshop IRMCo will present and explain the process it has already tested in a pilot PPGIS process which focused on the Grand Harbor in Malta.
Corbett and Keller (2005) state, that the overarching goal of every PPGIS activity is empowerment, as PPGIS "can be empowering to disadvantaged groups by enabling them to use the language and tools of decision makers and so influence events that affect their lives and local geography" (91).
Many participatory Geoweb applications can be conceptualized in PPGIS terms, for they are tools for implementing spatial information and gathering input from the public.
URISA's Special Issue on PPGIS addresses many of these critiques.
Since the 1990s, the range of PPGIS applications has been extensive, ranging from community and neighborhood planning to environmental and natural resource management to mapping traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous people (see Dunn 2007, Sieber 2006, Brown 2005, and Sawicki and Peterman 2002 for a review of PPGIS applications and methods).
This project provides a great opportunity to explore the power struggle between local communities and government and aims to address the potential to initiate a PPGIS approach in an SIA study to develop democratic decision making within the planning process.
Combining PPGIS and an ABCD approach is a fresh perspective to mapping community assets because it enables community members to better communicate their landscapes in multiple dimensions and their relationships to the land.
Around 2005, the enthusiasm about PPGIS began to fade, but the research community still had several very interesting study cases and applications implemented mostly by universities.
Paper presented at the Second PPGIS Conference, Portland, Oregon.
Evaluating decision support system for PPGIS aplications.
Regardless of who is statutorily responsible for redistricting, this PPGIS application provides to the public the resources necessary to construct alternative plans and to compare and evaluate them, and thus to challenge the decision makers in ways never possible before.
In recent years, the appearance of the Internet and improved WWW technologies provide opportunities for PPGIS researchers.