Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) WebRing

A recently established WebRing links web sites sharing common interests in Public Participation GIS, community mapping and spatial information technologies used in a participatory manner to support integrated conservation and development, sustainable natural resource management and customary property rights.

In building a community of practice around the concept of Public Participation GIS (PPGIS), the WebRing aims at stimulating exchange of information on progress made in visualizing community-based knowledge and perceptions to provide stakeholders and less-favoured community members added stake in designing and owning development and natural resource management initiatives.

Webmasters may consider joining the ring by including the (automatically generated) HTML code on their home page.More information on the PPGIS WebRing is found at

Open Forum on Participatory Geographic Information Systems and Technologies. is an informal network of development / GIS practitioners and researchers operating in developing countries, First Nations and elsewhere. Members share common interests in participatory spatial information and communication management, community mapping, participatory GIS practice and science, spatial thinking, memory, and language, cognitive maps, and more. The forum’s prime objective is to provide disadvantaged groups in society with added knowledge-based resources in interacting with higher-level institutions, negotiating territorial issues, participating in land/resource use planning, management and decision-making, and influencing policy-making.

In building a community of practice around the concepts of Participatory-GIS (PGIS)/Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) the network aims at stimulating exchange of information on progress made in bringing the power of geospatial information management systems at community level. The network supports the vision of participatory geospatial information management linking different knowledge systems and improving multi-party communication on spatially defined issues.

Members of the network are able to share information and lessons learned and post questions, resource documents and announcements which are relevant to the practice.