Date of Award
Master of Landscape Architecture/Master of Community and Regional Planning
Community and Regional Planning
Monica A. Haddad
Christopher J. Seeger
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are generally implemented in a top-down manner and do not inherently support public participation. It is believed that when these GIS applications are supported with collaboration and decision-aid tools this gap can be reduced. This study explores the participatory tools and technologies that support spatial decision making. A step by step process is proposed to guide the selection of participation tools and technologies in different scenarios. An online application prototype is then developed with the tools suggested by the step by step process to support public participation in the Ames Urban Fringe Plan in Story County, Iowa. The application is evaluated for its effectiveness based on the survey feedback received from the participants and interview responses. Opportunities, challenges and future recommendations are presented.
Jagadish Apparao Metla
Metla, Jagadish Apparao, "Participation technologies: a framework for the development of an online interactive GIS application" (2008). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 11548.