The WUN MAP Project
Enhancing Citizen Participation With Mobile GIS Technology

A Collaborative Project Between The West University Neighbors and The University of Oregon

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Key Topics, Concepts, and Links for Further Understanding

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

"Simply put, a GIS combines layers of information about a place to give you a better understanding of that place. What layers of information you combine depends on your purpose—finding the best location for a new store, analyzing environmental damage, viewing similar crimes in a city to detect a pattern, and so on."
(Taken from , November 10, 2004)

  • Other Resources:

GIS WWW Resource List
GIS Lounge

Public Participation GIS (PPGIS)
"Collectively, we use the term Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) to cover the range of topics raised by the intersection of community interests and GIS technology."
(Taken from NCGIA: - November 10, 2004)
  • Other Resources:

Guiding principles of PPGIS the electronic forum on participatory use of geo-spatial information systems and technologies
URISA Journal On-Line

Community Asset Mapping

"Asset mapping involves documenting the tangible and intangible resources of a community, viewing it as a place with assets to be preserved and enhanced, not deficits to be remedied."
(Taken from Community Asset Mapping: Trends and Issues Alert no. 47; by Sandra Kerka, 2003; Nvember 10, 2004)

  • Other Resources:

Asset Based Community Development Institute
Community Asset Mapping Test

Other Background Reading

  Main Community-Based GIS with ArcPad Page  
Neighborhood GIS Walkability GIS Housing Condition GIS Teaching GIS



   For more information:
   Marc Schlossberg


Last edited on: December 07, 2004