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Monday, October 19 • 8:30am - 5:00pm
U-4: Introduction to Public Participation GIS - AICP/CM Approved 8.5

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Introduction to Public Participation GIS     
Monday, October 19, 2015, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Instructors: Judy Colby-George, GISP & Laxmi Ramasubramian, PhD, AICP

Description: As GIS becomes more widely available, many organizations and community groups are taking GIS out of the back room and are using it in public settings.  Using GIS technology to engage various “publics” in decision making requires more than traditional technical GIS skills. 

This course focuses on the process of entering into this type of engagement.  It will also review how GIS techniques and software can be adapted for use in community settings.  Using real world examples, the course will explore both government and community-led projects that encourage citizen participation and engagement.  Although this workshop will be focused on PPGIS within North America our case studies will illustrate the wide variability in the presence of governmental, societal, and technological infrastructure in different communities.

Specific topics include:

  • PPGIS for Civic Engagement
  • Principles and Methods of Community Organizing and Engagement
  • Innovative Use of Technologies
  • Visual Communication

Learning Objectives: Participants should come away from the class with a broad understanding of the key concepts and project design objectives related to PPGIS.  Participants will come away with knowledge of how to incorporate various aspects of geospatial technology into participatory projects.

Intended Audience: Individuals who have GIS experience and want to expand their skills to reach out and engage the public. Participants should be well versed in GIS general practices and analysis.

Requirements: Individuals will not need any specific equipment; but since this is a class about participation, participants should be prepared to participate.

Cost: Free with conference registration; $195 for workshop only

Workshop Instructor
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Judy Colby-George, GISP

Principal, Spatial Alternatives
Judy Colby-George formed Spatial Alternatives fifteen years ago with the goal of helping communities use GIS technology to enhance public participation in planning issues. She has extensive experience working with municipal and environmental GIS application. Judy has specialized in using GIS to communicate land use planning issues in a variety of forums. Judy co-wrote and has presented the Introduction to PPGIS workshop for URISA. Judy... Read More →

Laxmi Ramasubramian, PhD, AICP

Associate Professor, Hunter College of The City University of New York
Laxmi Ramasubramanian is an activist-scholar with a deep commitment to participatory planning using GIS and visualization tools.  She works at Hunter College in New York.  She has extensive experience designing, implementing, and evaluating participatory GIS projects in the USA and abroad.

Monday October 19, 2015 8:30am - 5:00pm
Terrace West

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