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Assessing public use of spatial data in Long Beach, CA
by Flaherty, Kevin N., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 128; 1527699
Abstract (Summary)

The Participatory GIS literature (PGIS) focuses on how community based organizations (CBOs) use geographic information. With its large population and history of community development the City of Long Beach is a perfect case study to explore this. For this research, I used a mixed methodology: conceptualization, interviews and surveys.

I conducted interviews covering five distinct subject areas to learn that connected organizations are more likely to use maps and geographic information. I then conducted a survey with 29 questions to find how this is the case. One idea is that there is a process of organization. Another is the possibility of predicting map usage using development level and organization type. Finally, this research proposes that new research qualitatively trace usage using a broad population.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rodrigue, Christine M.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography, Geographic information science, Information Technology
Keywords: Critical GIS, Global information systems, Participatory GIS, Public participatory GIS, Science and technology studies
Publication Number: 1527699
ISBN: 978-1-303-92554-2
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