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Using Neogeography Technology to Support Participatory Spatial Planning

Elmadhoun, Ahmed M. A. (2010) Using Neogeography Technology to Support Participatory Spatial Planning.

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Abstract:Over the time, spatial planning has faced the issue of credible data collection approaches and techniques. Spatial planning typically involves multiple stakeholders. To solve any specific planning problem, those stakeholders collaborate to produce spatial data which is capable to meet demands. Participatory Spatial Planning (PSP) partially falls within the range of spatial planning and is supported by Public Participatory GIS (PPGIS), as seen in applications of interactive participatory spatial planning. These applications provide a basis for examining the relationship between the public and experts in the context of geo-information use. PPGIS is a well connected component to PSP, if used with an adequate regard for legitimacy, ethical issues and indigenous knowledge, it can contribute to the empowerment of the public in solving spatial planning problems. New approaches have emerged using interactive systems on the web. Experts can create digital spatial data and maps to interact with the public individually and collectively, to produce new forms of digital spatial data in what is called Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI). On the other hand, neogeography as a utilization of geographical techniques and tools for personal and the public purposes, combines techniques of cartography and GIS to be used by both experts and the public. This research presents a conceptual framework for interactive participatory spatial planning which supports experts and public participation. The framework combines an integrated system of the different components of the process. After analysing components and relationships of the framework, the research describes an illustrative implementation using a geospatial prototype as an interactive participatory spatial planning system as a proof of concepts. Details are provided of the specific technical and structural aspects of the system. Keywords:
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ITC: Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
Programme:Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation MSc (75014)
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