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|Title:||Facilitating participatory decision-making in local communities through map-based online discussion|
|metadata.dc.relation.ispartof:||Communities and Technologies 2009: Proceedings of the Fourth Communities and Technologies Conference|
|Series/Report no.:||Communities and Technologies|
|Abstract:||GIS has been widely used for supporting decision-making in local communities. However, limited studies have been conducted to use maps directly as a communication tool to support community discussion. In this paper, we explore the potential of using geospatial annotations to facilitate map-based online discussion in local communities. We developed a prototype system, which explicitly links participants' discussion contributions with geographic references. The system is based on conceptual understanding of map-based discussion space, which guides the generation of system requirements. We demonstrate the utility of such systems by a hypothetical scenario of building a Smoke-Free campus in a university community.|
|Appears in Collections:||C&T 2009: Proceedings of the Fourth Communities and Technologies Conference|
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