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Research article2010Peer reviewed

Children’s Maps in GIS - a tool for communication outdoor experiences in urban planning

Nordin, Kerstin; Berglund, Ulla


Since 2002 the authors have successively developed “Children’s Maps in GIS”, a method for children’s participation in spatial planning. Their studies show that 10-15 year-olds are capable of reading maps and using a GIS-application for communicating their interests in a stable and useful manner. The purpose of this article is to discuss the first stages of implementation in a real world project, in relation to ICT. The authors report experiences from a Swedish municipality using Children’s Maps in GIS in a survey with over 600 children as part of a comprehensive planning process and give examples of how data can be visualized. A significant digital divide between different parts of the administration is noted. In the ongoing development into an Internet version of the method the authors aim to increase the access to the GIS-application and develop standard procedures for categorizing and analyzing data

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International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development
2010, Volume: 2, number: 2, pages: 1-16