How participatory mapping can drive community empowerment - A case study of Koffiekraal, South Africa

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ISSN: 0373-6245 (Print) 2151-2418 (Online) Journal homepage: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rsag20 How participatory mapping can drive community empowerment – a case study of Koffiekraal, South Africa Jiri Panek To cite this article: Jiri Panek (2015) How participatory mapping can drive community empowerment – a case study of Maps were historically used to govern cities, states and nations, to support colonial and army operations and to maintain the superior position of those with power. Participatory mapping and community empowerment are new trends in the development discourse that allow local communities to become part of the power structures and influence what is mapped and what is on the map. Open-source and collaborative mapping projects such as OpenStreetMap (OSM) are designed to support community empowerment and to ensure that high-quality bias-free data are available to everyone regardless of their origin, social status and position within the power structure. In this paper, I will describe the main advantages and disadvantages of the OSM and Google Map Maker for participatory mapping. Second, I will use the example of Koffiekraal village in the North-West province, South Africa, to analyse coverage and data quality of two different data sets. Third, I will discuss a possible community project based on the spatial information gathered through the process of participatory mapping organized in Koffiekraal in the previous projects.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Google Map Maker
  • OpenStreetMap
  • local spatial knowledge
  • participatory GIS
  • rural development

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