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Participatory GIS - Principles and Applications (ITC)(SC)

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English (100%)
3 weeks
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Research University

Program description


Participatory GIS (PGIS) is an established practice in participatory spatial planning and management. It includes actual spatial information techniques, tools, products and outputs that are appropriate to a participatory approach and are for use by non-professionals. PGIS applies a variety of information acquisition, analysis and synthesis tools, according to their utility for specific local needs. In the field of PGIS developments, there are some exciting research issues, made more complex and challenging by the inseparability of theory and practice in participatory research topics. This advanced course in PGIS focuses on the following issues: * investigating the ontologies of spatial knowledge in cognitive maps, especially of local or indigenous spatial knowledge * handling the complex ethical issues of participation in spatial planning * assessing institutional structures for PGIS in planning * assessing the applicability of an array of new technologies such as mobile GIS and multimedia * exploring the new research fields of e-participation and VGI (volunteered geographical information).

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

Basic mapping and GIS knowledge and skills

Professional experience

Affinity to work with community groups

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.0, TOEFL computer based: 213, TOEFL internet based: 80, TOEFL paper based: 550, CAE: C1, CPE: C2


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