Jiri Panek

Jiri Panek
Palacký University Olomouc · Department of Development and Environmental Studies

PhD

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Introduction
I have B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geography and GIS from the Department of Geoinformatics and PhD from the Department of Development Studies, both Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. My research is focused on GIS in development cooperation and humanitarian aid, with a main focus on Participatory GIS (PGIS/ PPGIS). I did mapping in Kenya and South Africa, studied GIS in India and currently co-developing a participatory platform for collection perceptions about the urban environment.
Additional affiliations
August 2017 - December 2017
University of Pittsburgh
Position
  • Fellow
Description
  • Research fellowship focused on gentrification in Pittsburgh´s neighbourhoods.
September 2011 - present
Palacky University
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  • Lecturer
Description
  • Teaching Introduction to GIS and Participatory GIS

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Publications (87)
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Ever since behavioural geographers started working with place perception; and Peter Gould and Kevin Lynch used mental maps to explore city visualization and spatial preferences, participation has become an integral part of geographical research. Later, when Robert Chambers and others introduced maps into Participatory Rural Appraisal, Participatory...
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The fear of crime is an established research topic, not only in sociology, environmental psychology and criminology, but also in GIScience. Using spatial analysis to analyse patterns, explore hotspots and determine the significance of respective surveys is one reason for the increase in popularity of such research topics for geographers, cartograph...
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Participatory mapping techniques and social surveys are combined with spatial statistics to examine resident senses of place in a gentrifying neighborhood. Whereas recent debates on gentrification describe how physical displacement need not occur for an area's sense of place to change, there are few tools that test this presumption. Attitudes of cu...
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Web-based participatory mapping technologies are being increasingly harnessed by local governments to crowdsource local knowledge and engage the public in urban planning policies as a means of increasing the transparency and legitimacy of planning processes and decisions. We refer to these technologies as “geoparticipation”. Current innovations are...
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The active involvement of citizens in decision-making processes via geoparticipatory spatial tools is becoming a popular research field among geographers, GIScientists, environmental psychologists, political scientists and many others. This paper presents the idea of the Index of geoparticipation – an indicator-based index divided into three dimens...
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This book will allow you to explore the relationship between geoparticipation and democratic theory. It will also explain how data and geospatial technologies play an important role in urban governance. Furthermore, you will have the oppor- tunity to discover how improving local democracy works, and what the determi- nants of civic participation ar...
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“Making Knowledge Together – Addressing Climate Change through Innovative Place Based Education and Blended Learning” is the official name of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project, that we (project team members) used to call simply EduChange. The project aimed to innovate our way of teaching about Climate Change in both local and global perspe...
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The paper investigates if and where registered crime and the fear of crime intersect in the four locations. This information is important to reduce crime and increase the sense of security of the population. In the past, research was applied to small parts of a city or a whole city, but not in as much detail as this paper. Our research is detailed,...
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This Special Issue, titled “GIS for Spatial/Political Participation in the Decision-Making Processes of Local Administrations”, in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information is aimed at analysing state-of-the-art geoparticipatory tools for citizen participation in community decision-making processes, and suggesting the effective implementat...
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The paper presents the data from the participatory emotional mapping in Prague, Czech Republic. It contains 98,364 points complemented with 30,941 comments from 5,973 respondents from across Prague (1,335,084 inhabitants according to [1]). There were eight questions/statements common for all of Prague, furthermore each Prague district (n=27) could...
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In this data description, we introduce a unique (geo)dataset with publicly available information about the municipalities focused on (geo)participatory aspects of local administration. The dataset comprises 6258 Czech municipalities linked with their respective administrative boundaries. In total, 55 attributes were prepared for each municipality....
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Most studies addressing heat in urban environments focus on thermal conditions and neglect the mental component of thermal comfort. This study employs mental maps to analyse thermal (dis)comfort in the medium-sized Czech cities of Olomouc and Plzeň in summer. Locations of “mental hotspots” are identified particularly on busy streets, at transport h...
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Simulation games, as a method of playful learning, have been used for more than 70 years in various disciplines with the economy as a leading application field. Their development has been tied with advances in computer science, and nowadays, hundreds of simulation games exist. However , simulation games are not just useful for encouraging disciplin...
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The mapping of election results has long been a popular topic among cartographers, journalists, data scientists and infographic authors. However, their work usually concludes with simple visualizations of a single election, and in most cases only the winning party is represented. Can we tell the story of a political party over two decades via maps?...
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This chapter deals with online tools used for spatial data visualisation. Currently, there exist many tools and software that can be used for this purpose, both commercial (e.g. ArcGIS Online) and non-commercial (e.g. MapBox, Leaflet or CartoDB). Within this chapter, we are focusing on the most used software solutions. The text serves the basic ove...
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According to the International Cartographic Association (ICA), Cartography is the discipline dealing with the art, science and technology of making and using maps; while a map is a symbolised representation of geographical reality, representing selected features or characteristics, resulting from the creative effort of its author’s execution of cho...
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The last part of the book is dedicated to the simulation game framework. What is meant by the simulation game within the Spationomy project will be described in the following Sect. 16.1. Conceptual thoughts, as well as the motivation and goals of the Spationomy simulation game, will be briefly introduced as well. Also, the overall theoretical frami...
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City planning, decision-making and participation in local administration can be sometimes elitist, closed to the public and non-participatory processes. Citizens are frequently a neglected part of these activities and are usually only involved and considered prior to elections. Yet citizens have a relevant role in the processes of town planning and...
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Urban planning and decision-making can often be elitist and non-participatory processes. Citizens are frequently a neglected part of these activities and are usually only involved in and considered before elections, or are informed about the planned changes at the very last stage, often beyond the possibility to change anything. Nevertheless, citiz...
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There has been an enormous technological boom that impacted all areas of geoscience inthe past few decades. Part of the change was also the process of democratization of cartography aswell as geographic information systems (GIS), together with new approaches that have emerged,bringing social dimension into cartography and GIS. These new approaches...
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The differences in welfare amongst European countries are especially evident in border regions, and this affects cross-border cooperation and relationships. Due to the historical development of Central and Eastern European countries over the last century, the affected countries are unique "laboratories" for geographical research. This study assesse...
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Crowdsroucing of emotional information can take many forms, from social networks data mining to large-scale surveys. The author presents the case-study of emotional mapping in Ostrava´s district Ostrava-Poruba, Czech Republic. Together with the local administration, the author crowdsourced the emotional perceptions of the location from almost 400 c...
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Community mapping and emotional cartography have close links to participatory planning in the urban environment. The case study presented in this paper describes the deployment of the Emotional Maps platform for the collection and visualisation of spatial data related to the participatory planning of public space. The results (Main Map) presented a...
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Sammendrag Feltkurs er en av de viktigste aktivitetene for studenter i feltbaserte disipliner som geografi, biologi, geologi, arkitektur, fysisk planlegging med mer, da trening av observasjonsevne er avgjørende for forståelse av slike fag. Dessverre medfører mangel på forkunnskaper, lite ressurser og store studentgrupper at undervisningen passivis...
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Where does the Middle East lie? A comparison of definitions and mental maps of the region with the eyes of university students-is paper focuses on a broad spectrum of delineating definitions of the Middle East region from the perspective of selected authors and students at Palacký University Olomouc. e data about the delineation of the borders of t...
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Mobile technology is increasingly widespread in geographic instruction, raising questions about how to integrate and analyse data from multiple users. Collector for ArcGIS allows researchers to gather multi-sensory field data, and is therefore a prospective way to integrate qualitative and quantitative information. We evaluate students’ experience...
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Community participation has entered the 21 st century and the era of e-participation, e-government and e-planning. With the opportunity to use Public Participation Support Systems, Computer-Aided Web Interviews and crowdsourcing mapping platforms, citizens are equipped with the tools to have their voices heard. This paper presents a case study of t...
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Public participation and civic engagement in the urban planning process are societal trends that stretch across countries, cultures, and classes. After decades of communist regimes in the Eastern Bloc, where there was basically no civic partici-pation, civic society in the Czech Republic began to engage in discussions with the authorities, and citi...
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Participatory planning support systems have become popular, especially since the rise of qualitative GIS, community participation and citizen science. This paper presents the Czech participatory mapping platform Emotional Maps that has been deployed in more than 50 cities in the Czech Republic. During four years of development, testing and deployme...
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Public participation and civic engagement in the urban planning process are societal trends that stretch across countries, cultures, and classes. After decades of communist regimes in the Eastern Bloc, where there was basically no civic participation , civic society in the Czech Republic began to engage in discussions with the authorities, and citi...
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This article reviews the potential of kite-mapping as part of an interdisciplinary and multinational field course. It situates kite-mapping as a low cost, high quality, participatory approach, in relation to field use of maps, arguing that research might usefully attend to more than simply the skills acquired during the field exercise and the techn...
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Pocitové mapy lze chápat jako podskupinou mentálních map, které začaly, jako zájem geografů, sociologů a urbanistů, vznikat ve Spojených státech amerických v 60. letech 20. století. Obecně lze mentální mapy dělit na dvě skupiny: percepční (lynčovský typ) a preferenční (gouldovský typ), které jsou pojmenovány po dvou hlavních představitelích jednotl...
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Subjective and participatory mapping has become an important tool for urban planners and city administrations. Perceptions of safety can affect the quality of life and property prices. The presented paper describes participatory mapping exercises in three Czech cities, where questions were asked concerning people’s subjective perceptions of safety...
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In this paper we propose the use of ‘Encountering’ a location-based game (LBG) based on the Wherigo platform to facilitate interdisciplinary student learning about places on field courses. Deploying a mobile, digital map-based platform addresses significant challenges – such as the sacrifice of context specificity and methodological applicability a...
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Public participation is an inherent part of urban planning and the Local Agenda 21 initiative (LA21). Nevertheless, opportunities to involve citizens in the process of creating, using, and evaluating public spaces are still limited. The research presented in the paper involves the integration of Gould-style mental maps with Participatory GIS (PGIS)...
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Many cities have started to engage their citizens in collaborative planning and in re-creating the urban spaces where they live. The case study presented in this paper crowdsourced subjective/emotional responses concerning the environment of the city of Brno in the Czech Republic, from 2,087 respondents, who marked 24,065 points on six different to...
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Many of the human activities are hard to measure. Nevertheless, the development of human society can be captured by statistical data and indicators. There exist differences in quality of life amongst European countries, especially evident in cross-border regions. This study assesses disparities of socioeconomic indicators, representing socioeconomi...
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Crowdsroucing of emotional information can take many forms, from social networks data mining to large-scale surveys. The author presents the case-study of emotional mapping in Ostrava´s district Ostrava-Poruba, Czech Republic. Together with the local administration, the author crowdsourced the emotional perceptions of the location from almost 400 c...
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Many cities have prioritised the provision of bicycle infrastructure, as part of a transition to more sustainable transport. Information from the users of bicycle facilities is crucial for successful bicycle planning. The article presents a case study of Reykjavík, Iceland, where a simple ‘emotional mapping’ platform was used to enable cyclists to...
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Crisis mapping is a legitimate part of Crisis Informatics as well as disaster risk management. It has become an effective tool for humanitarian workers, especially after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Ushahidi is among the many mapping platforms that belong to the growing field of crisis mapping. Crisis mapping is the use of crowdsourcing to create onl...
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Places are strongly linked with emotions and can be considered safe or unsafe, pleasant or ugly, favourite or boring among other emotions. Subjective perceptions of a city can be valuable sources of information for city planners and a local administration. Among the above-mentioned emotions that have an effect on the quality of life for people in a...
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City planning, decision-making and participation in local administration can be sometimes elitist, closed to the public and non-participatory processes. Citizens are frequently a neglected part of these activities and are usually only involved and considered prior to elections. Yet citizens have a relevant role in the processes of town planning and...
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Mentální mapování a mentální mapa jsou koncepty, které historicky sehrávaly důležitou roli v plánování měst i jejich výzkumu. Lynch i Gould definují mentální mapy rozdílně, Gould chápe mentální mapu jako odraz prostorových preferencí. Lynch naopak rozumí mentální mapou samotné zobrazení prostoru jedincem, ve kterém se projeví jeho vnímání obsahu ma...
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Terénní geografické exkurze jsou nedílnou součástí geografického vzdělávání. Klíčovou otázkou však je, jak zaujmout studenty v dnešní době rychlého Internetu a neustálého využívání mobilního telefonu? Příspěvek se soustředí na zkušenosti získané během několika mezinárodních exkurzí na ostrov Gozo, Malta a studijních cest do Trondheimu v Norsku, běh...
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The UN Agenda 21 serves, among other things, as a cornerstone for the global implementation of sustainable development. This 24-year-old document, adopted as a voluntary initiative, follows the main dimensions of sustainable development and its implementation on a global, national, and local level. Its local and community strategy version (Local Ag...
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See-Think-Do is a framework originally used as an approach focused on a service and product marketing on the Internet. Customers can be classified into three groups according to their involvement from potential users to real customers. The article presents an idea of public involvement in community mapping in three levels: “See”—almost any user; “...
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See-Think-Do is a framework originally used as an approach focused on a service and product marketing on the Internet. Customers can be classified into three groups according to their involvement from potential users to real customers. The article presents an idea of public involvement in community mapping in three levels: “See”—almost any user;...
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Maps always have and always will have blank spots, but maps are no longer the privilege of paper; they have been moved to the digital environment. How can digital maps fill the empty spaces in the current online and crowdsourcing mapping era? In this paper the authors pose several questions and in the same breath they are aware that some of those q...
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As much as guns and warships, maps have been used as tools of imperialism. Nations and empires are not natural features within the landscape. They are social constructs, created in order to convert the Earth into a huge real-estate market. The Russian-Ukrainian conflict is not fought only in Ukraine, but also on every map, that shows Crimea. Cartog...
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Participatory mapping is an emerging practice in the community development discourse. With its roots in the Participatory Rural Appraisal, it brings active involvement of the community and subjectivity of non-cartographers into the spotlight. The crucial question is how one can choose the most optimal method for participatory mapping, taking into a...
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Emotions are essential parts of the human nature and therefore also essential parts of the cartographic industry. People’s feelings towards specific places and areas within the city affect their socio-economic behavior as well as city development plans. Emotional maps can be used in various scenarios ranging from community building, through politic...
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Participatory mapping is an emerging practice in the community development discourse. With its roots in the Participatory Rural Appraisal, it brings active involvement of the community and subjectivity of non-cartographers into the spotlight. The crucial question is howone can choose themost optimalmethod for participatorymapping, taking into accou...
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In the Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide, which was developed out of the United Nations Rio Conference on the Environment in 1992, community-based mapping is identified as a best practice for locally-based sustainability planning. According to UN-Habitat (2012), the proportion of urban populations living in slums is highest in Sub-Saharan Africa (61.7...
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The research focuses on creating the decision-support tool for selecting optimal participatory mapping method. Participatory mapping is an emerging practice in the community development discourse. With its roots in the Participatory Rural Appraisal, it brings active involvement of the community and subjectivity of non-cartographers into the spotlig...
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Publikace s názvem GeoParticipace – jak používat prostorové nástroje v rozhodování o lokalitách, ve kterých žijeme?, jejímž cílem je představit několik rozdílných přístupů v práci s prostorovými informacemi a nástroji, které zapojují širokou veřejnost do rozhodovacího procesu. Autoři publikace jsou svým profesním zaměřením stejně různorodí jako jim...
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Mapy mají obrovskou moc prezentovat prostorové informace v srozumitelné a široce akceptovatelné formě. Ale je otázkou, jaké informace se na mapu dostanou a které jsou potlačeny. Problémem generalizace mapových informací se zabývají kartografové již velmi dlouho, ale jsou to ve většině případů dospělí vzdělaní lidé, kteří vytvářejí tyto mapy. Jak by...
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Mít k dispozici aktuální mapy či podkladová data je tedy základní ingrediencí prostorového rozhodování v dnešním technicky založeném světě. Většina konvenčních metod sběru prostorových dat je však finančně velmi náročná anebo se jedná o data, která nejsou velmi aktuální. Jednou z metod, která se nabízí aktivním komunitám a zároveň je finančně relat...
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Crowdsourcing a mapové mash-upy jsou dvě kouzelná slova, která se v poslední době skloňují v oblasti informačních technologií stále častěji. Lidé jsou již zvyklí pracovat s mapami, ale až do nedávna jen v omezených případech jako jejich aktivní autoři (Perkins, 2007). Přesto je zřejmé, že jsou lidé schopni mapy sami tvořit (Blaut, Stea, Spencer & B...
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Metod participativního a komunitního mapování lze najít mnoho, ať již v českém či zahraničním prostředí. Základní otázkou však je, jak vybrat tu ideální metodu pro vaši komunitu a váš účel? Autor při studiu materiálů prezentujících rozličné metody participativního sběru a vizualizace dat narazil na velké množství metod, které lze při parti-cipativn...
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If we acknowledge that maps do work, we need to understand, that work� is the application of a force through a distance, and �force� is an action that one body exerts on another to change the state of motion of that body. Therefore maps apply social forces to people to change their minds. As much as guns and warships, maps were tools of imperialis...
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Maps were historically used to govern cities, states and nations, to support colonial and army operations and to maintain the superior position of those with power. Participatory mapping and community empowerment are new trends in the development discourse that allow local communities to become part of the power structures and influence what is map...
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Klíčová slova Rozvojová spolupráce, multimediální online atlas, Rich Internet Application (RIA), ArcGIS Server 1 Úvod 1.1 Úvod k projektu Záměrem projektu Kde a jak Česká republika pomáhá – atlas zahraniční rozvojové spolupráce České republiky je přispět ke zvýšení zájmu a podpory široké veřejnosti, studentů a pedagogů středních škol v oblasti zahr...
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Using geographic information systems in developing countries has been coined as an oxymoron for several reasons, mainly because of the historical burden of maps being used as a tool of control and technological dominance, largely by Western powers. Participatory approaches in mapping and GIS allow combining social responsibility and ethics with res...
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Abstract Community engagement has become a core responsibility of higher education in South Africa, alongside teaching and research. The academic-based community engagement focus of the Department of Geography at the University of South Africa (UNISA) is the project "Roots Driven Rural Development" which is conducted in collaboration with a non-gov...
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The Czech Republic expresses solidarity with the people in developing countries and feels its share of responsibility in addressing global problems that are largely related to poverty. Official Development Assistance (ODA) is a fully-fledged part of the foreign policy of the Czech Republic and contributes to the achievement of its objectives. The C...
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Community engagement has become a core responsibility of higher education in South Africa, alongside teaching and research. The aca-demic-based community engagement focus of the Department of Geogra-phy at the University of South Africa (UNISA) is the project "Roots Driven Rural Development" which is conducted in collaboration with a non-government...
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Participatory Mapping and Participatory GIS (PGIS) are new trends that have arisen in the last three decades among those who criticize classical GIS as rigid and disembodied, too objective and focused on technical “solutions” while forgetting about the human stories behind the data. These new approaches are context- and issue-driven and seek commun...
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Crisis Mapping is a proper part of Crisis Informatics and Collaboration. This has come about mainly as a response to the major disasters of the last decade. Crisis Mapping has become a strong and effective tool for humanitarian workers especially after the Haiti earthquake of 2010. During the major floods in 2010 Czech Television used for the very...
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The use of GIS in developing countries has been coined as an oxymoron for several reasons, but mainly due to the fact that the historical burden of maps is to have been used as a tool of control and technological dominance. Participatory approaches in mapping and GIS allow to bring a greater degree of social responsibility and ethics in research an...
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The commercialisation of local spatial knowledge is an emerging problem across communities all around the world. Users creating spatial and attributive data through the use of commercial tools such as Google Map Maker, are extending corporate databases, but aren’t able to use the very same data freely when they need to. Open-source and participa...