Public Participation Geographic Information Systems: A Literature Survey

  • Sukumar Ganapati
Part of the Integrated Series in Information Systems book series (ISIS, volume 25)


Although Public Participation Geographic Information Systems (PPGIS) efforts have grown worldwide, there is a gap in the literature on implications of PPGIS for public administration. This chapter aims to narrow this gap through a literature survey of the PPGIS implications for government agencies. GIS technology has progressively advanced from traditional desktop-based GIS to Web GIS and Geospatial Web 2.0 platforms. The advancements have broadened GIS accessibility from the domain of expert users to the domain of lay citizens. Four major aspects are identified with respect to PPGIS implications for local e-government: the significance of context; technical GIS concerns; the institutional structure of participatory decision-making processes; and empowerment. The chapter highlights how these four aspects influence differential PPGIS efforts at the local level internationally, despite the greater technological accessibility.


Public Participation Volunteer Geographic Information Spatial Data Infrastructure Geographic Markup Language Thematic Aspect 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



The chapter is partly based on a project funded by the IBM Center for the Business of Government.


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  1. 1.Public Administration DepartmentPCA 363B School of International and Public Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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