[PPGIS] New publication...

Greg Brown greg.brown at uq.edu.au
Thu Dec 24 15:20:41 EST 2015

Hi all,

    A new publication describes how PPGIS was implemented and used  in the Helslinki (Finland) master urban planning process.  This is a significant precedent because it is the first time a major world city has used PPGIS in a master city planning process. And yet, as the article describes, PPGIS as method, has further to go in being accepted and used by planners for planning decision support. The article can be accessed on the Landscape Values and PPGIS Institute website at this link:  http://www.landscapemap2.org/publications/helsinki_mapping.pdf

Happy holidays and reading.



Current public participation methods are laborious, reach few participants and are ineffective at gathering usable information for planning. This situation leads often to mistrust and dissatisfaction in the process and outcome. This article identifies the critical conditions for meaningful use of public participation GIS (PPGIS) tools to support the making of the master plan in Helsinki. With PPGIS tools, residents' insight of their living environment can be reached and utilized along the planning process. The results are divided to conceptual and empirical points. Whereas the conceptual points emphasize better understanding of the locus of the PPGIS tools in planning process, the empirical findings reveal new ways to study how residents' perceptions align with the plan proposal. Though new tools, data and analysis can support representativeness, independence, early involvement, influence and transparency, planners and residents need more understanding of the benefits of these tools. The study indicates that though planners found the collected data and the analysis valuable, they still lacked the skills and institutional motivation to use the data effectively. The results point out that when PPGIS tools can be integrated to the mainstream planning practices, the tools have the ability to evolve to a more comprehensive participatory planning support system.

Greg Brown
School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management
The University of Queensland
Email: greg.brown at uq.edu.au<mailto:greg.brown at uq.edu.au> | Ph: 07 3365 6654 | Fax: 07 3365 6899
Post: Level 4, Building 35 University of Queensland Brisbane Australia 4072

Please visit the Landscape Values and PPGIS Institute  http://www.landscapevalues.org<http://www.landscapevalues.org/>


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