Re: [GKD] Geographical Information Systems and the Developing World

2004-01-08 Thread Arleen Seed
Mr. Bartlett poses some interesting questions about the efficacy of using GIS in developing countries. Let me offer a specific example of how GIS is being used as a tool for sustainable development and the achievement of objectives in different sectors in Rwanda. As a member of the Development

Re: [GKD] Geographical Information Systems and the Developing World

2004-01-08 Thread Peter Burgess
Dear Colleagues, I have been interested in the potential of GIS since it first arrived in a primitive form fifteen years ago. My interest was created by work I had been doing in development planning and the realization that most of what was being done in this area was worse than worthless.

Re: [GKD] Geographical Information Systems and the Developing World

2004-01-08 Thread Chukwudozie Ezigbalike
Darius, My colleagues who read the GKD discussion forwarded your post to me and I find it (and many other threads there) very interesting. To your post. In terms of must-read literature, most of the work in this area has been done in non-ICT fields, especially, cartography, surveying (geomatics,

Re: [GKD] Geographical Information Systems and the Developing World

2004-01-08 Thread Dr. T.V. Ramachandra
Dear Dr. Sheba, We have been using GRASS - GIS software in our research. GRASS GIS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) is an open source, Free Software Geographical Information System (GIS) with raster, topological vector, image processing, and graphics production functionality that

Re: [GKD] Geographical Information Systems and the Developing World

2004-01-08 Thread Sean Gallagher
Interestingly enough - I just came across a project that uses GIS in a very 'appropriate' manner - here is a summary and link to a capsule in the Digital Dividends Clearinghouse: Participatory 3-D Modeling: A special method of community mapping called Participatory 3-D Modeling (P3DM) is widely

Re: [GKD] Geographical Information Systems and the Developing World

2004-01-08 Thread Don Osborn
A couple of interesting sites for info on GIS and development: 1. Integrated Approaches to Participatory Development (IAPAD)'s Participatory Avenues site at http://www.iapad.org/ - ... aims at sharing significant progress in visualizing people's spatial knowledge (cognitive maps) and in providing