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Local Knowledge Doesn’t Grow on Trees: Community-Integrated Geographic Information Systems and Rural Community Self-Definition

  • Gregory Elmes
  • Michael Dougherty
  • Hallie Challig
  • Wilbert Karigomba
  • Brent McCusker
  • Daniel Weiner

Abstract

The Appalachian-Southern Africa Research and Development Collaboratory (ASARD) seeks to explore the integration of community decision-making with GIS across cultures. Combining geospatial data with local knowledge and the active participation of the community creates a Community-Integrated Geographic Information System (CIGIS) representing and valuing themes related to community and economic development. The intent is to integrate traditional GIS with the decision-making regime of local people and authorities to assist them in making informed choices and to increase local participation in land use planning, especially within economically disadvantaged communities.

Keywords

GIS and Society Participatory GIS Community-Integrated GIS Local Knowledge 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory Elmes
    • 1
  • Michael Dougherty
    • 2
  • Hallie Challig
    • 1
  • Wilbert Karigomba
    • 1
  • Brent McCusker
    • 1
  • Daniel Weiner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geology and GeographyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.WVU Extension ServiceMorgantownUSA

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