Research Monograph: Building Online Participatory Systems: Towards the Community Based Interactive Environmental Decision Support Systems
Yigitcanlar, Tan & Okabe, A (2002) Research Monograph: Building Online Participatory Systems: Towards the Community Based Interactive Environmental Decision Support Systems. United Nations University, Institute of Advance Studies.
The importance of broadening community participation in environmental decision-making is widely recognized and lack of participation in this process appears to be a perennial problem. In this context, there have been calls from some academics for the more extensive use of geographic information systems (GIS) and distance learning technologies, accessible via the Internet, as a possible means to inform and empower communities. However, a
number of problems exist. For instance, at present the scope for online interaction between policy-makers and
citizens is currently limited. Contemporary web-based environmental information systems suffer from this lack
of interactivity on the one hand and on the other hand from the apparent complexity for the lay user. This paper
explores the issue of online community participation at the local level and attempts to construct a framework for
a new (and potentially more effective) model of online participatory decision-making. The key components,
system architecture and stages of such a model are introduced. This model, referred to as a ‘Community Based
Interactive Environmental Decision Support System’, incorporates advanced information technologies, distance
learning and community involvement tools which will be applied and evaluated in the field through a pilot
project in Tokyo in the summer of 2002.
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|Keywords:||community involvement, capacity development, distance learning, web based GIS, decision support systems|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Analysis and Development (120507)|
|Divisions:||Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering|
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
|Deposited On:||21 Jul 2009 11:22|
|Last Modified:||09 Jun 2010 23:54|
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