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Evaluation of a Public Participatory GIS tool within a public planning case study.
Conor Tripp (author)Raymond Chipeniuk (Thesis advisor)Eric Rapaport (Thesis advisor)University of Northern British Columbia (Degree granting institution)
Master of Science (MSc)
Recreational Resource Management
Number of pages in document: 159
The purpose of Public Participatory Geographic Information Systems (PPGIS) is to use the practices of GIS and mapping to promote knowledge production and efficient decision-making. PPGIS has the ability to empower potentially marginalized populations, who have limited ability to express themselves in the public arena, using geographic technology education and participation. PPGIS is being increasingly recognized as a valuable method for gathering public knowledge and opinions. This study evaluates the usefulness of a PPGIS tool compared with a traditional participatory method in an environmental planning case study within north-western British Columbia (BC), Canada. Attitudes of lay public and expert planners were surveyed on the usefulness of the PPGIS tool and paper PP (Public Participation) method. The results of this study suggest that the PPGIS tool has the ability to be used, in certain situations, as a means of providing and collecting public information. However, its use is limited for certain public groups as it requires a certain level of computer literacy and technological infrastructure. As a result, the simplicity and familiarity of traditional participatory methods need to be integrated with GIS-based participatory methods.
Geographic information systems.Information storage and retrieval systems -- Rural development.Rural development -- British Columbia -- Bulkley Valley -- Public opinion.Sustainable development -- British Columbia -- Bulkley Valley -- Public opinion.Community development -- British Columbia -- Bulkley Valley -- Public opinion.