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Over the past twenty years research on the evolving relationship between GIS and Society has been expanding into a wide variety of topical areas, becoming in the process an increasingly challenging and multifaced endeavor. The SAGE Handbook of GIS and Society is a retrospective and prospective overview of GIS and Society research that provides an expansive and critical assessment of work in that field. Emphasizing the theoretical, methodological and substantive diversity within GIS and Society research, the book highlights the distinctiveness and intellectual coherence of the subject as a field of study, while also examining its resonances with and between key themes, and among disciplines ranging from geography and computer science to sociology, anthropology, and the health and environmental sciences. Comprising 27 chapters, often with an international focus, the book is organized into six sections: Foundations of Geographic Information and Society; Geographic Information and Modern Life; Alternative Representations of Geographic Information and Society; Organizations and Institutions; Participation and Community Issues; Value, Fairness, and Privacy

Online Public Participation GIS for Spatial Planning
Online public participation gis for spatial planning

The emergence of GIS as a tool to assist interactive participatory planning since the mid 1990s has created numerous opportunities to improve decision-making processes but at the same time has led to a number of interesting challenges. This chapter focuses on the role of information and communication technologies (ICT) and in particular GIS, to improve access to and participation in environmental decision making at local, regional and national scales. Early research in this area focused on overcoming some of the criticisms levied at GIS (Pickles, 1995) with the focus on a range of technical challenges in enabling GIS to operate over the Internet (Craig, 1998; Kingston et al., 2000; Kingston, 2002; Plewe, ...

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