Mapping projects: identifying obstacles, finding solutions (PLA 54)

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Published: April 2006
Participatory Learning and Action
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Participatory Learning and Action 54 – Mapping for change: practice, technologies and communication

Mac Chapin shares a wealth of practical experience relating to problems that often arise in community mapping projects and how to avoid them. It is too easy when sharing experiences relating to PGIS practice to focus on success stories, and for practitioners to be hesitant in engaging in critical reflection relating to their own work. These important but little discussed issues include potential pitfalls that projects might face, the concerns surrounding precision, and the ethics of the practice. In particular the author cautions the reader to invest time in the planning of projects, and notes the important role of project leaders in guiding the work to a successful outcome.

Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board. See:

Article in: PLA 54. Guest-edited by: Giacomo Rambaldi, Jon Corbett, Michael K. McCall, Rachel Olson, Julius Muchemi, Peter A. Kwaku Kyem, Daniel Wiener, Robert Chambers

Keywords: mapping, Participatory Geographic Information Systems (PGIS), PPGIS, Geographic Information Technologies and Systems, geo-spatial information management tools, sketch maps, participatory 3D models (P3DM), aerial photographs, satellite imagery, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), software.

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Chapin, M. (2006). Mapping projects: identifying obstacles, finding solutions (PLA 54). .
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