This chapter deals with approaches to use geoinformation (GI) as used in everyday settings. It first explores the concept of Spatial Citizenship, along an example taken from the holiday crowd that is easily translated to a host of other interest groups using space as symbolic means to exert their interests. It then looks into the role that digital GI may play in that process, and fields of competences needed to use GI competitively for active / activist citizenship. Theoretical foundations of a coherent concept of Spatial Citizenship are discussed, as is the reception of the approach by the scientific community not involved in the original conception of the Spatial Citizenship approach. The second part of the paper is devoted to the development of a more formalized set of competences as well as a curriculum that should enable in-service teachers to teach their classes in secondary schools along the line of the Spatial Citizenship approach. The contribution finally gives an outline of the materials developed within a European Union Comenius project.


Geomedia Citizenship education Teacher training 



Work on this publication has been co-funded by the European commission under the: LLP-Comenius multilateral project SPACIT (517908-LLP-2011-1-AT-COMENIUS-CMP).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography and GeologyUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany
  3. 3.Department of Human GeographyGoethe University FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany

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