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The potential of public participation geographic information systems in UK environmental planning: Appraisals by active publics

Harrison, C; Haklay, M; (2002) The potential of public participation geographic information systems in UK environmental planning: Appraisals by active publics. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management , 45 (6) 841 - 863. 10.1080/0964056022000024370. Green open access

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Abstract

The paper draws on an empirical study of two workshops in which the issues that arise from the use of geographic information systems (GIS) as a planning tool in public participation settings were explored by local residents who take an active interest in local planning matters in their London borough. The paper demonstrates how issues concerned with the democratization of GIS and public participation GIS (PPGIS) informed the structure and conduct of the workshops and the qualitative analysis of the workshop discussions. Key themes raised by participants included: the potential of PPGIS as a means of extending knowledge networks; issues of data ownership and the responsiveness of data providers to public concerns; and the role that institutional norms and practices play in democratizing information availability and the transparency of the decision-making process. The paper concludes that the potential of PPGIS as a planning tool cannot be separated from public concerns about the legitimacy of the planning process or local government.

Type:Article
Title:The potential of public participation geographic information systems in UK environmental planning: Appraisals by active publics
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI:10.1080/0964056022000024370
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Geography
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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