The following may be of interest. ("PPGIS" is explained in the text
I'd be very interested to know of anyone working on PPGIS in Africa.
Personally I'm interested in GIS technology generally and its
potential to be interfaced with local knowledge and processes of
community led/participatory development and resource management.
Naturally the more one gets "participatory" with such applications in
multilingual contexts, the more one needs to adapt interfaces to
dominant local languages, which is another angle of interest.
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URISA PPGIS Preliminary Program and Registration Available
The Preliminary Program is now available for the 3rd Annual URISA
Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) Conference. The event will be held
from July 18-20, 2004 at University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison,
Wisconsin. Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) refers to a range of
topics raised by the intersection of community interests and GIS
technology. The PPGIS Congress will bring together participants with
a rich diversity of experience. To view the complete preliminary
program please visit: http://www.urisa.org/ppgis.htm
The Conference features 5 tracks with presentations divided into the
- Data, Organizational, and Policy Issues Affecting PPGIS Practice
- PPGIS in Rural Settings and Small Communities
- PPGIS Theory, Science, and Scientific Methods
- PPGIS Practice and Implementation
Professor Mel King, a long time community activist, emeritus faculty
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Executive
Director of the Technology Center@ Tent City, a Boston-based
community technology center will present the keynote address on
Sunday, July 18th. An early adopter of GIS and other digital
technologies, Mel King has been at the forefront of the movement to
encourage grassroots groups to use information technologies such as
GIS to shape urban policy. Mel King emphasizes the power of citizen
activism combined with critical analyses. An engaging speaker, Mel
King talk will challenge us to develop a sustainable and inclusive
Other conference highlights will include:
- Project Showcase/Poster Session on Monday evening
- PPGIS Town Hall Meeting that will bring together academic
scholars, PPGIS practitioners, and community activists where we can
discuss and debate the goals and practice of PPGIS
- roundtable of researchers and practitioners doing PPGIS work in
- concluding focus group discussion where we can collectively map
out a sustainable PPGIS research and practice agenda.
There will be no printed preliminary program for this Conference.
www.urisa.org/ppgis.htm features the complete program including
registration information and will be the best source for updates and
current information regarding this event.
Early Registration (by June 25, 2004) Rates:
URISA Member: $125; Nonmember: $175
Full Time Students/Non-profit group employee/staff: $65 (proof of
We hope you can join us in Madison, Wisconsin for this can't miss
event. Register now, as space is limited.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Illinois at Chicago
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