Call for Papers for Special Issue on Public Participation GIS
‘Looking Forward to the Past: Reflections on Using Applied PPGIS to Define Community’
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA Journal)
Guest Editors: Dr. Michelle M. Thompson and Kelly D. Owens
Department of Planning and Urban Studies, University of New Orleans
The application of geographic information systems (GIS) continues to emerge as the tools are adopted by both information and social sciences. The ability to share dwindling resources by community, municipal and university partners has moved from the desktop to the information highway. Early definitions of public participation geographic information systems (PPGIS) emphasized the university as the change agent since the technology drove collaboration. Resident-led PPGIS models focus on the collection and distribution of neighborhood level data using distributed web-based interfaces.
This special issue of the URISA Journal, scheduled for publication in November 2012, is intended to update the available body of applied GIS literature. In particular, research should explore problems or questions on PPGIS strategies including effectiveness measures and implementation at varying levels of delivery. The discussion should include the changes in technology and data definitions including ‘volunteered geographic information’ or ‘VGI’ in the PPGIS model. Research may consider what influence of ‘crowdsourcing’ as a means to move PPGIS from participatory to action research, as well as, the impact on public policy in local and international spheres. Research that considers PPGIS in emerging markets, shrinking cities or post-disaster environments and how the application of a PPGIS can aid in relearning pedagogy are considered an important perspective.
While it is important to consider the foundations of PPGIS and the traditional definitions of ‘partnership’, articles should describe how, or if, the model of participation has changed. When using contemporary examples, describe their ethical considerations in emerging markets from any part of the earth and address both earth and human-environment research.
For more information, visit http://www.urisa.org/Journal_PPGIS
Tags: Citizen Science, geographic information system, Geography, Information systems, Participatory Mapping, Participatory Sensing, PGIS, PPGIS, Research, Social media, University of New Orleans, URISA, VGI, Volunteered geographic informaiton
Dr. Lea Shanley is the founder and former co-Chair of the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, a vibrant community of 200 federal employees from more than 35 agencies. She is also a co-founding member of the Citizen Science Association. Dr. Shanley recently served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA, where she helped to foster a culture of open innovation. Prior to this, she founded and directed the Commons Lab at the Wilson Center, served in the US Senate as a Congressional Science Fellow, and worked with local and tribal communities to develop GIS-based decision support systems for city planning, natural resource management, coastal management, and disaster response through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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