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Evolution of a participatory GIS

: Voss, A.; Denisovich, I.; Gatalsky, P.; Gavouchidis, K.; Klotz, A.; Roeder, S.; Voß, H.


Computers, environment and urban systems 28 (2004), No.1, pp.635-651
ISSN: 0198-9715
Journal Article
Fraunhofer AIS ( IAIS) ()
participation; GIS; decision support; spatial planning

Participatory spatial planning and decision making requires a combination of software tools for group decision support, individual decision support and geographic analysis and presentation. This article presents a respective approach that integrates two software tools which were originally developed independently. One tool, Dito, is a Java application for the World Wide Web designed to facilitate structured argumentation and discourses. The other tool, CommonGIS, provides Java-based web-enabled services for the interactive, explorative generation and analysis of thematic maps, and it also supports multi-criteria decision making. The evolution of the integrated system is reviewed from first experiments in 2001, the resulting requirements and a succession of prototypes up to the latest solution. The focus of the article lies in the design of this solution.