WEBINAR: Whose land? Whose map? Land use mapping by land users in the Digital Earth era.

*Recording and slides are available here.

This Webinar is part of the ongoing PhD project titled:

Whose land? Whose map? Land use mapping by land users in the Digital Earth era.

by Marcos Moreu, supervised by Prof. Muki Haklay & Dr. Claire Ellul.

Addressing the climate change and rural poverty problems requires, among other, knowledge, information and data about human-land interactions, however, it’s estimated that 70% of the world’s people-to-land relationships are not officially recorded and therefore alternative, non-traditional sources of data are needed. In the Digital Earth era, appropriate ICTs can reduce the digital divide, the inequality of participation and the data gap – digital land use maps created by land users can play a role in addressing the two interconnected problems of climate change and rural poverty. That said, citizen participation in geographical data production can have (un)expected negative consequences and poses a wide range of challenges (e.g. trust, literacy, connectivity, data security or data legitimacy), especially in rural communities in less connected societies. This research explores the benefits and limitations of using GNSS-based on-site and satellite imagery-based off-site mapping tools to support the participation of citizens (pastoralists, farmers and hunter-gatherers) in rural land use mapping in the context of securing land rights and sustainable development for all.

In this webinar, we will start by presenting the work of the UCL Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) research group and then we will describe the key elements of this research (see the conceptual framework diagram below), how they are connected and what tools and prototypes have been co-designed. The presentation will be sub-divided as follows:

  • first, after introducing ExCiteS, the core disciplines that this interdisciplinary research aims to contribute to will be introduced. These are, GIScience, Land Administration (LA) and Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D), and in particular the areas of Participatory GIS (PGIS), Geographical Citizen Science (geoCS), Participatory LA, geo-ICT4D, Earth Observation Science and the OpenStreetMap project;
  • the research gaps, challenges, questions and scope of this research will be – to some extent – identified;
  • the socio-technical methodological approaches – Participatory Action Research, User-Centred Design (Participatory Design) and Usability Engineering (UE) – and the preliminary operational framework used here will be briefly explained;
  • a diagram representing how all the elements of this research are connected will be shown;
  • at the end, the progress on both fieldwork and prototype development will be presented, including the on-site and off-site mapping tools co-designed with the communities and other stakeholders and researchers in Kenya and Namibia.

Preliminary conceptual framework of this research highlighting the area of study (red circle), where all elements intersect.

Please see below the details for the Webinar:

Date and time: Friday, 15th May at 2pm (BST)

Duration: 30 minutes presentation and 15 minutes Q&A.

Access Code: 702-008-469

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