Social media geographic information in spatial planning

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The term Geodesign has recently emerged among spatial planners and GIS scholars identifying an approach to planning and design deeply rooted in geographic analysis and able to inform collaborative decision-making. As an integrated and multidisciplinary process, Geodesign includes project conceptualization, knowledge building, analysis, alternative design, impact simulation and assessment, decision-making, collaboration and participation, involving political and social actors and relying on scientific geographic knowledge support. The main innovation in Geodesign compared to previous similar approaches may be found in the extensive use of digital spatial data, processing, and communication resources, such as Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and GIS, which in principles may enable a more effective use of scientific and societal knowledge in planning, design and decision-making (ERVIN 2011). As claimed by several scholars, planning professionals and industry experts, the current technology may be considered mature enough to exploit the ICTs support in the planning practices, overcoming many of the barriers which until now have limited de facto the usage of new geographic information technologies. In addition, since the last decade a growing wealth of both authoritative and user generated spatial data resources has started to be freely accessible, slowly shaping into reality the concept of Digital Earth (GORE 1998). The latter can be considered a driver for the creation of a working infrastructure able to facilitate the diffusion of Geodesign methods for it substantially hinder the traditional issues of lack of digital data availability.
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Spaces of Dialog for Places of Dignity, Lisbon, 11-14th July, 2017
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