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Community Participation and Geographical Information Systems.

Craig, William J., Trevor M. Harris, and Daniel Weiner.

Co-edited by CURA's associate director William J. Craig, this volume of essays on geographic information systems (GIS) grew out of the Empowerment, Marginalization, and Public Participation Geographic Information Systems initiative and a workshop sponsored by the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis. The essays in this collection focus on the conceptual and practical issues arising from the intersection of GIS with participant communities and present case studies and models that can be replicated by other communities. What is the nature and value of spatial information for community groups? What technologies and organizational approaches work best in its provision? What are the social and environmental impacts of GIS and public participation in it? How can GIS be usefully implemented and developed? Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and its related technologies are beginning to have a significant impact on the communities that them. A number of issues are emerging which are of concern to academics, professionals, and community users of GIS, and these are also seen in the broader GIS and society debates on the relationships between communities. Information technology is significantly affecting society, and often to the disadvantage of low income and marginalized communities. Yet there are many instances in the U.S. and around the world where communities have used this technology advantageously. A good deal of this book reflects on public participation in GIS concepts, best practices and constraints and opportunities. Case studies are included from San Francisco, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Atlanta in the U.S. and from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Ghana. Nepal, and South Africa. The book can be ordered at local bookstores.

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London and New York: Taylor & Francis.
416 pp.
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