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Monday, September 8 • 8:30am - 5:00pm
Introduction to Public Participation GIS: Using GIS to Support Community Decision Making

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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 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

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.

Earn 8 AICP Credits by attending this workshop


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... Read More →
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Judy Colby-George, GISP

Principal, Spatial Alternatives
Judy Colby-George: Judy owns Spatial Alternatives in Maine which specializes in using geospatial tools to engage people in policy making around natural resource issues like land use and ocean management. She has been working with various communities for over 20 years.

Monday September 8, 2014 8:30am - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom B

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