[Abhijeet Chavan]

Community Access to GIS: Avoiding Intimidation and Trivialization

Chavan, Abhijeet
Visiting Research Associate
Imaging Systems Laboratory
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
101 Temple Buell Hall
611 E. Lorado Taft Drive
Champaign, IL 61820

Orland, Brian
Department of Landscape Architecture
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Koenigs, Deanna
Department of Landscape Architecture
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Abstract

The explosion of World Wide Web (WWW) as a popular and widely available technology for connecting distributed digital resources has provided the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) industry with a new delivery mechanism. GIS information delivered via the WWW has the potential of reaching beyond traditional audiences to reach experts and non-experts alike. This development is particularly significant for organizations and government agencies that deliver public information to citizens. This paper discusses some issues involved with providing community access to such information. Three case studies are presented. The different approaches used by these case studies to organize and deliver public information are examined. This paper suggests mechanisms to improve community access to public information.

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