Leveraging citizen science to advance interactive spatial decision support technology: A swot analysis

R. Shrestha*, J. Flacke

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Abstract

Over three decades, the Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS) concept has evolved significantly exploiting information technology to assist decision maker in a variety of fields of research, development, and practice. With the communicative turn in planning, which emphasizes public participation in all levels of planning and decision making, these technologies have further matured to support participatory planning by means of supporting diverse stakeholders in the decision making process. However, for multiple reasons, SDSS are still in the domain of expert, largely failing to incorporate general citizens in its use and applications. On the same note, citizen science as a method of inquiry is gaining much attention in recent years to engage general citizens in the scientific research, thereby also empowering them to participate in the decisions of the issues affecting them. As such, it seems likely that citizen science shows great promise for advancing SDSS for achieving broad citizen engagement in planning and decision-making. This paper discusses the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats (SWOT) of integrating citizen science with SDSS by analyzing existing literature on SDSS and citizen science. In particular, we explore the integration of aspects of citizen science in Interactive Planning Support System (PSS), as one form of SDSS to support wider citizen engagement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Workshop on “Capacity Building and Education Outreach in Advanced Geospatial Technologies and Land Management
EditorsK. McDougall, G.P. Bhatta, D.R. Paudyal, R. Shrestha, P.S. Upadhyaya, D.P. Dahal, B. Ranjit, S. Shrestha, L. Thapa
Place of PublicationDhulikhel
PublisherInternational Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
Pages99-105
Number of pages7
Volume42
Edition5/W3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2019
EventISPRS International Workshop on Capacity Building and Education Outreach in Advanced Geospatial Technologies and Land Management 2019 - Dhulikhel, Nepal
Duration: 10 Dec 201911 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameInternational Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives
PublisherCopernicus
ISSN (Print)1682-1750

Workshop

WorkshopISPRS International Workshop on Capacity Building and Education Outreach in Advanced Geospatial Technologies and Land Management 2019
CountryNepal
CityDhulikhel
Period10/12/1911/12/19

Keywords

  • Participation
  • Planning support system citizen science
  • Spatial decision support system
  • SWOT

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