Crossing Borders: A Multi-Layer GIS Mapping Framework for the Cultural Management of the Mundo Maya Region
This chapter describes a Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping framework, guidelines and implementation of the internet mapping site for the cultural management of the Mundo Maya region. The challenges of bringing together an extremely large dataset derived from a variety of sources and across five Central American countries were significant. Data of various quality and integrity were integrated and prepared for internet use. The final mapping site contained an interactive map with the appropriate visual and contextual tools that allow dedicated management of the region’s cultural sites and routes. Aside from topographic data, the site also provided general information on the Mundo Maya project area including, for instance, demography, details of communication routes and land use, potential areas of tourist interest, information on relative wealth and political and administrative boundaries. Together, these data are able to assist in managers in making decisions related to tourism development. The chapter also discusses the ethical and social issues of providing such information and the importance of local ownership of spatial data.
KeywordsInternet mapping Heritage management Maya Central America
The team would like to thank and acknowledge the support of the following individuals: Dr. Margaret Watters, Dr. Jonathan Tourtelot, Thierry De Pierrefeu.
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