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Collaborative Mapping and Digital Participation: A Tool for Local Empowerment in Developing Countries

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Department of Development and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, Palacký University in Olomouc, 17. listopadu 12, 771 46 Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Department of Geoinformatics, Faculty of Science, Palacký University in Olomouc, 17. listopadu 50, 771 46 Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Information 2019, 10(8), 255; https://doi.org/10.3390/info10080255
Received: 16 July 2019 / Revised: 2 August 2019 / Accepted: 5 August 2019 / Published: 8 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Digital Citizenship and Participation 2018)
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Abstract

There has been an enormous technological boom that impacted all areas of geoscience in the past few decades. Part of the change was also the process of democratization of cartography as well as geographic information systems (GIS), together with new approaches that have emerged, bringing social dimension into cartography and GIS. These new approaches were variously labelled as critical cartography, collaborative mapping, digital citizenship, Bottom-up GIS and Participatory GIS. The paper describes the role of collaborative mapping and digital participation in the process of community building and community assets mapping. Secondly, we will use the examples of Kenya and Peru to support our findings of community development. Thirdly, we will discuss a possible further development within the use of OpenStreetMap (OSM) for remote communities. The analysis compares approaches and experiences in different countries on different continents. View Full-Text
Keywords: OpenStreetMap; Kenya; Peru; community development; public participation OpenStreetMap; Kenya; Peru; community development; public participation
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Panek, J.; Netek, R. Collaborative Mapping and Digital Participation: A Tool for Local Empowerment in Developing Countries. Information 2019, 10, 255.

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