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Using the Geoweb to engage
communities in economic and
environmental decision-making
Dr. Peter A. Johnson, McGill Universi...
http://code.google.com/apis/maps/index.html




   Geoweb
platforms/APIs

                    www.openlayers.org




   Ma...
Free Bathrooms in Manchester, NH
             (www.myggm.org)




    Project Background
•   3 year grant from
    Quebec ...
4
Challenges in Acton
            •   Negative
                population growth
            •   High
                unempl...
Project Goals
      •   Facilitate access to and use of online
          geospatial data by regional government and
      ...
GeoActon Library




GeoActon Library




                   7
Engage Community

•   Partnership with
    local community
    economic
    development
    organization in
    asset mapp...
Acton 2.0




            9
Erosion Mapping
• Students led
  workshops with
  watershed
  NGO
• Integrate
  information into
  regional
  watershed
  ...
Evaluate

•   Define and evaluate the roles of
    government in facilitating the use of
    geospatial data by the public...
Government Concerns
        with Geoweb
•   Provincial level:
    •   is it broadly representative?
    •   is it actionab...
Thank You!




For more information, see my blog:
http://toursim.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @peterajohnson
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  1. 1. Using the Geoweb to engage communities in economic and environmental decision-making Dr. Peter A. Johnson, McGill University Rural Research Workshp Ottawa, Ontario Thursday, May 5th, 2011 www.data.gov 1
  2. 2. http://code.google.com/apis/maps/index.html Geoweb platforms/APIs www.openlayers.org Mashup of neighbourhood-level school achievement in DC (http://achievedc.mapkist.com/) 2
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 4
  5. 5. Challenges in Acton • Negative population growth • High unemployment • Strict provincial land use regulations (97% agricultural) inhibit growth 5
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. GeoActon Library GeoActon Library 7
  8. 8. Engage Community • Partnership with local community economic development organization in asset mapping exercise Economic Development Portal www.regionacton.ca Asset Mapping 8
  9. 9. Acton 2.0 9
  10. 10. Erosion Mapping • Students led workshops with watershed NGO • Integrate information into regional watershed management plan 10
  11. 11. 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 policy Government 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. Thank You! For more information, see my blog: http://toursim.wordpress.com/ Twitter: @peterajohnson This research has been supported by: 13

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