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Using the Geoweb to engagecommunities in economic andenvironmental decision-makingDr. Peter A. Johnson, McGill University Rural Research Workshp Ottawa, Ontario Thursday, May 5th, 2011 www.data.gov 1
http://code.google.com/apis/maps/index.html Geowebplatforms/APIs www.openlayers.org Mashup of neighbourhood-level schoolachievement in DC (http://achievedc.mapkist.com/) 2
Free Bathrooms in Manchester, NH (www.myggm.org) Project Background• 3 year grant from Quebec Ministry of Government Services• Partnered with 5 provincial ministries, regional government, GIS non-profit, community organizations• Set in rural municipality (MRC) of Acton, pop. ~ 16,000 3
Challenges in Acton • Negative population growth • High unemployment • Strict provincial land use regulations (97% agricultural) inhibit growth 5
Project Goals • Facilitate access to and use of online geospatial data by regional government and citizens • Engage community as both producers and consumers of data • Define and evaluate the roles of government in facilitating the use of geospatial data by the public Facilitate Access• Web-based library• Aimed at municipal government, elected officials, citizens• Both informational and participatory GeoActon Library 6
Erosion Mapping• Students led workshops with watershed NGO• Integrate information into regional watershed management plan 10
Evaluate• Define and evaluate the roles of government in facilitating the use of geospatial data by the public• Interviews on government perspective• Outputs where data gathered was used to support policyGovernment Interests in Geoweb• Provincial level: • Strong desire for transparency and improved service provision• Municipal level: • Efficiency gains in facilitating citizen participation • Better present case to province 11
Government Concerns with Geoweb• Provincial level: • is it broadly representative? • is it actionable?• Municipal level: • process creates high expectations for results • ultimate control rests at provincial level Lessons Learned• Find internal champions within government• Start small • Defined process with start/end date • Complement existing process, not a replacement 12
Thank You!For more information, see my blog:http://toursim.wordpress.com/Twitter: @peterajohnsonThis research has been supported by: 13