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Boosting Public Participation in Urban Planning Through the Use of Web GIS Technology: A Case Study of Stockholm County
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Att Öka Medborgardeltagande i Stadsplanering genom användning av WebGIS Teknologi : En Fallstudie i Stockholm län (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Providing citizens with the robust and suitable tools to effectively participate in the planning process is a necessity nowadays. Also, changes in the capabilities and popularity of new technologies have dramatically raised the number of technology-based tools that are potentially available for enhancing public participation in the planning process. This study explores both the theoretical aspect of collaborative planning and the effects that Web-based Public Participatory GIS (WPPGIS) applications and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has on the planning process. Findings indicate that the WPPGIS applications have the potential for increasing participation. It is also found that besides the contextual elements like the attitudes of planners and decision makers, the technological features such as proper user interface, price of software, technical and literacy skills are seen as crucial hindrances to bridging the planning process and technology-based solutions. This research also attempts to combine IAP2 Public Participation Spectrum and technological functionalities into a single framework to understand the implementation of WPPGIS applications in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Finally, based on the given criteria and assessment of the reviewed applications, this study concludes with the design and implementation of a prototype WPPGIS application using Open-Source Technologies (OST). 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 78 p.
SoM EX, 2014-16
Keyword [en]
Urban Planning, Collaborative Planning, Public Engagement, Public Participation, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Open-Source Technologies (OST), Open-Source Software (OSS), Web-based Public Participatory GIS (WPPGIS)
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-147870ISRN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-147870OAI: diva2:732800
Subject / course
Regional Planning
Educational program
Degree of Master - Spatial Planning
Available from: 2014-08-12 Created: 2014-07-06 Last updated: 2014-08-28Bibliographically approved

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