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Participatory GIS : opportunity or oxymoron.

Abbot, J. and Chambers, R. and Dunn, C. and Harris, T. and Merode, E. and Porter, G. and Townsend, J. and Weiner, D. (1998) 'Participatory GIS : opportunity or oxymoron.', PLA notes., 33 . pp. 27-33.


A summary of some of the findings of a workshop on participatory research and geographic information systems, with a case study from South Africa. The article describes GIS as a computer-based technology and discusses its potential as a participatory planning and policy tool. The authors emphasise the challenges of local politics, updating and ownership. They conclude that there is valued to participatory GIS if it can help to inform process and relationships rather than simply extracting patterns from large volumes of data.

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Date deposited:02 January 2015
Date of first online publication:1998
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