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Co-mapping and GIS: encoding spatial narratives
Author/s: Barbara Dovarch, Loredana Francesca Tedeschi 
Year:  2019 Issue: 125 Language: Italian 
Pages:  26 Pg. 68-93 FullText PDF:  361 KB
DOI:  10.3280/ASUR2019-125004
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The article explores how the complexity of local spatial knowledge revealed during co-mapping processes can be encoded through geo-information technologies, without losing its "narrative" nature. The reflection takes inspiration from a direct experience of co-mapping in Vietnam and the following elaboration of data using GIS. The aim of such process is to enable meaningful interaction among local, scientific, technical knowledge(s) and government authorities, for more efficient development planning.
Keywords: Participatory mapping; participatory GIS; rural planning; urban design; local spatial knowledge.

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Barbara Dovarch, Loredana Francesca Tedeschi, Co-mapping and GIS: encoding spatial narratives in "ARCHIVIO DI STUDI URBANI E REGIONALI" 125/2019, pp. 68-93, DOI:10.3280/ASUR2019-125004


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