Evaluating Internet-based public participation GIS (PPGIS) and volunteered geographic information (VGI) in environmental planning and management

Zhenghong Tang, Tiantian Liu

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Abstract

An Internet-based public participation geographic information system (PPGIS) is an affordable and accessible tool for citizens to provide location-based volunteered geographic information (VGI) in environmental planning and management. Based on a conceptual model, this study uses the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis methodology to qualitatively evaluate user, information, and site use of six cases with Internet-based PPGIS. This study reviews each case's website to collect descriptive data for the case analysis. The results of this study show that user numbers do not have a significantly strong relationship with data submission numbers, since active users had the highest number of contributions. The most urgent task of using Internet-based PPGIS to attract citizen scientists is to invite and retain long-term and active contributors, and to change interested users into long-term active contributors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1073-1090
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume59
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2 2016

Keywords

  • Internet-based public participation GIS (PPGIS)
  • SWOT analysis
  • citizen science
  • environmental management
  • volunteered geographic information (VGI)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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