Participatory GIS (PGIS) and Public Participation GIS (PPGIS)
PGIS (Participatory GIS): PGIS is an emergent practice in its own right. It is the result of a merger between Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) methods with Geographic Information Technologies (GIT). PGIS facilitates the representation of local people’s spatial knowledge using two- or three-dimensional maps. These map products can be used to facilitate decision-making processes and to support communication and community advocacy.
PGIS spatial analysis uses the functionality and data associated with GIS technology to explore community driven questions. In the process, local spatially referenced as well as non-spatial data are integrated and analysed to support discussion and decision-making processes.
A Training Kit on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communications is available.
The Training Kit offers building blocks from which trainers can design and build their own workshops according to the training needs of their audiences. The Training Kit includes 15 Modules, each of which is comprised of a set of Units.