New Wave 2015 Prague Conference – personal notes

7th International Student and Early Career Conference NEW WAVE took place on 21st − 22nd May, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. Traditionally, the conference draws graduate and post-graduate students, as well as young professionals from the fields of Physical and Social Geography, Cartography, Demography, Sociology, Urban planning and related disciplines to share and discuss their research in friendly and open-minded atmosphere with multidisciplinary audience. Continue reading

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Participatory methods: Photo Mapping

Photo Mapping, like Scale Mapping is a method that uses existing data as a basis in the process of community mapping. Unlike Scale mapping it is not using the classical topographic map, but as the underlying map is used the aerial photograph of the area (Müller & Wode, 2003). Aerial images are more suitable for outside observers, since the majority of users  can operate with them without difficulty. (Vlok & Panek, 2012). Continue reading

GIS in development cooperation – Teachers mobility

Past three weeks I had the opportunity to realize project titled  GIS in development cooperation – Teachers mobility, financed through the Norway Grants. The planned mobility was focused on increasing my capacity as well as sharing best practices in the areas of Geoinformatics (GIS) and Development Studies. Both me as well as hosting institute (NTNU Trondheim) are active in fields of Geography, Geoinformatics and Development Studies. Especially the combination of GIScience and Development Studies is very rare and therefore we all saw quite a lot of potential in starting the cooperation.  Continue reading

Participatory methods: Scale Mapping

Another section about participatory methods will focus on Scale mapping, which is a method of plotting information to already existing basic maps of the area, where the basemap is serving only as background information. Local spatial knowledge can be collected via interviews or can be recorded directly on the map. Locating is done by observing the surroundings, but can involve other (exact) instruments – compass or GPS measurements. Continue reading

Participatory methods: Transect Walk

Following posts about Ground Mapping and Sketch Mapping I would like to present another fairly easy method called Transect Walk. Transect Mapping/Transect Walk is a method that uses controlled “walks” in the community and collects spatial information, which may include geographic features, information on land use, information on vegetation strips, social aspects, etc. This method is suitable for the analysis of patterns of land use, but provides only limited information about the area. An important part of the method is discussion and active listening, identification of problems and their solutions. Continue reading