PLA 54: Mapping for change: practice, technologies and communication
This issue focuses on Participatory Geographic Information Systems (PGIS) practice. PGIS is an evolved form of community mapping geared towards community empowerment. It uses geo-spatial information management tools ranging from sketch maps, participatory 3D models, aerial photographs, satellite imagery, readings obtained through Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems software as vehicles for discussion and analysis.
PGIS practice can stimulate innovation and social change. It aims to put control over access and use of culturally sensitive spatial data in the hands of those who generated the data – thereby protecting traditional knowledge from external exploitation.
The articles in this issue document established and cutting-edge tools, and discuss theory and reflections from practice – including ethical considerations, potential pitfalls and other lessons learnt from experience.
This edition also includes general articles, as follows:
A paper on using artwork with refugee children in South Africa.
A paper on the role of local elites in development projects, based on work in Sudan.
A Tips for Trainers paper on the Snowball Technique.
The In Touch section, which includes reviews of websites and other online resources related to PGIS.