A decade of participatory mapping – the road to Mapping for Change

A decade of participatory mapping – the road
to Mapping for Change
Participatory GIS – a decade ago
Using mapping at the community level
• Expensive software
• Difficult to use
• Availability of data
Using mapping on the internet
• Slow connections
• Small display area
• Limited number of users
• Not fun!
Source : OfCom 2009s
(Image source: OpenStreetMap)
Positive aspects
• Web-based mapping easy and fast
• More data available for merging and integrating
• Inexpensive and free GIS
• Base map information available
Socio-economic disparities
Remaining problems
• Spatial literacy (map reading)
• Usability of GIS and web mapping applications
• Bridging the skills gap
• ‘So what?’ – linking information to action
Citizen Science
• Usually, the collection of scientific observations
by volunteers who are not trained or professional
• However, citizens can also participate in defining
the problems, envisioning possible projects and
participate in the analysis
• Can (and should) participate in the discussion of
the results of what they’ve collected
Archway Pedestrian Surveys were carried
out in collaboration with Space Syntax
who specialised in pedestrian movement
Saturday 12:00 to 14:00
500 to 700
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Space Syntax
Noise Mapping
Community Centre
Scrap yard
Mapping for change
• Online and offline mapping
• Extensive community engagement knowledge
• Integrating community mapping and citizen
• Producing action relevant maps