1. Training Kit on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communication 

Co-published by CTA and IFAD, this Training Kit is a unique product that can be tailored to meet your needs, ensuring that your employees get the best training available on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communication.

The Training Kit contains 15 Modules, each presented through a series of Units. Modules cover the entire spectrum of good developmental practice – from mobilising communities to developing a communication strategy based on the outcome of participatory mapping activities. The Modules touch on topics such as the fundamentals of training, ethics and community groundwork and processes as well as the more technical low-, mid- and high-tech participatory mapping methods. The Training Kit culminates in a Module on networking, communication and advocacy – the pillars upon which maps become effective media and negotiation tools.
You decide what you want to cover and when. This product has been developed using the Multimedia Training Kit (MMTK) approach – you pick and choose those Modules, Units and components that best suit your particular requirements and develop a curriculum to suit your specific needs.

2. Mapping for change conference web site

PGIS'05 - Mapping for Change: International Conference on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communication

3. - Open Forum on Participatory Geographic Information Systems and Technologies serves as a global avenue for discussing issues, sharing experiences and good practices related to community mapping, Public Participation GIS (PPGIS), Participatory GIS (PGIS) and other geographic information technologies used to support integrated conservation and development, sustainable natural resource management and customary property rights in developing countries and and among indigenous people worldwide. Members of the network are able to share information and lessons learned and post questions and announcements, and upload and download resource documents which are relevant to the practice.

4. Integrated Approaches to Participatory Development (IAPAD)

Participatory Avenues acts as focal point for sharing information and technical progress on community-based mapping and Public Participation GIS (PPGIS). The website provides ample documentation on Participatory 3D Modelling (P3DM), an efficient tool for merging indigenous technical knowledge and traditional spatial information. P3DM applications include community-based natural resources management, collaborative research and planning, resource use, control and tenure, and related conflict management.

5. PGIS/PPGIS Custom Search Engine

A highly specialized Custom Search Engine reflecting knowledge and interests in PGIS/PPGIS practice and science. Researchers and practitioners are invited to contribute to its development. 

6. PGIS/ Blog

The latest news about PGIS / PPGIS practice.

7. PGIS/PPGIS community on LinkedIn

Relationship matters ! Social networking among PGIS/PPGIS professionals is best done via this facility hosted by LinkedIn.

*8. PGIS initiatives run by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA)

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) is promoting the adoption and dissemination of sound practices in the domains of participatory spatial information management and communication otherwise known as PGIS practice. This site provides an updated account of completed and ongoing initiatives and access to useful resources. 

9. UNESCO - Sector for Culture

The mapping of indigenous cultural resources carried out by indigenous communities is a crucial step toward demonstrating that cultural diversity is a means to enrichment for society. As such, UNESCO supports pilot projects on mapping of Indigenous Cultural Resources and Identification of Best Practices in regard to Cultural Pluralism.

10. Conservation Commons

The Conservation Commons is the expression of a cooperative effort of non-governmental organizations, international and multi-lateral organizations, governments, academia, and the private sector, to improve open access to and unrestricted use of, data, information and knowledge related to the conservation of biodiversity with the belief that this will contribute to improving conservation outcomes. At its simplest, it encourages organizations and individuals alike to ensure open access to data, information, expertise and knowledge related to the conservation of biodiversity.

11. Environmental Research Mapping and Information Systems

Environmental Research Mapping and Information Systems. Support, empower rural and urban communities to participate in policy and legislative engagements that promotes community-sensitive processes of formulation and implementation of Land, Environment and Natural Resources policies, laws, guidelines, tools and institutional innovations for ensuring environmental care, conservation and protection while addressing overall gender equity for sustained development in Africa.

12. GIS for Development (GIS4D) bookstore

Carefully selected literature on Participatory GIS (PGIS), Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) and community mapping.

13. URISA Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) Conference

This is the site for the annual URISA PPGIS Conference. URISA holds an annual Conference on the subject of public participation GIS. Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) refers to a range of topics raised by the intersection of community interests and GIS technology. The Conference will bring together participants with a rich diversity of experience.

14. Mayan Atlas

The Mayan Atlas was made by the forty-two Ke'Kechi and Mopan communities of southern Belize. The maps, text, photographs, drawings and interviews were done by Maya village researchers and cartographers elected by the communities. In their own words and with their own maps, the Maya describe their culture and rain forest, and their desire to protect and manage their own land.

15. Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) Web Ring

Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) Web Ring is the Ring of Webs sharing common interests in community mapping and in all forms of collaborative spatial information management aimed at supporting integrated conservation and development, sustainable natural resource management, customary property rights and peer-to-peer communication.

16. CyberTracker Conservation

Involving local communities in key areas of biodiversity, CyberTracker combines indigenous knowledge with state-of-the-art computer and satellite technology. The NGO CyberTracker Conservation aims to make a fundamental contribution to the understanding of complex ecosystems by providing innovative solutions to monitor the environment and manage the utilisation of natural resources. The CyberTracker is an efficient way to gather large quantities of geo-referenced data for field observations, even by non-literate users.

17. Borneo Project

The Borneo Project partners with communities and local organizations that document and map ancestral land claims, litigate to halt forest destruction, teach villagers their rights, market traditional handicrafts, reforest degraded areas, install microhydro electrification, and protect Borneo's incredible wildlife and biodiversity.

18. Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) 

The Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) builds capacity in rural, coastal, Aboriginal and northern communities that wish to take control of their future, by providing them with modern mapping technologies to make informed decisions for sustainable development. SCI provides this enabling capacity by helping communities learn, implement and use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to make decisions about their economic, environmental and social development.

19. Aboriginal Mapping Network

The Aboriginal Mapping Network is a collection of resource pages for First Nation mappers who are looking for answers to common questions regarding mapping, information management and GIS. It is a network where First Nation mappers can learn about what other native mappers are doing, and share their own experiences throughout the aboriginal community.

20. Native Lands

Native Lands works to protect biological and cultural diversity in Latin America, with a focus on Central America and southern Mexico. It assists indigenous peoples to develop and carry out their agendas for the preservation of the region’s natural and cultural heritage. It has programs in participatory and regional mapping and in the organization of conferences, workshops, and technical exchanges.

21. National Consortium for Rural Geospatial Innovations (RGIS)

The National Consortium for Rural Geospatial Innovations (RGIS) assists state, tribal, regional and local governments, and non- and for-profit organizations in implementing advanced geospatial information technologies. The goal is to improve the quality of life, environmental health, and economic competitiveness of rural communities.

22. The Philippine Association for Inter-Cultural Development (PAFID)

The Philippine Association for Inter-Cultural Development (PAFID) uses Participatory 3D Modelling, GPS and GIS applications to support Indigenous Cultural Communities throughout the Philippines in claiming for their rights over ancestral domains. 

23. Uma Bawang Residents' Association (UBRA)

Uma Bawang Residents' Association (UBRA): Mapping the land to safeguard traditional rights in Malaysia.

24. Sun Centre of Excellence (CoE)

The Sun Centre of Excellence (CoE) for map-based online public participation is a joint cooperation between Sun Microsystems, Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft, and Z_GIS, University of Salzburg. The main goal of the Center of Excellence is to conduct research in map-based online public participation and to design and implement concepts and technology prototypes that demonstrate how citizens’ participation in public decision processes and decision finding can be improved.

25. Community Mapping

Nature Conservation Council of NSW, Australia, Community Mapping. The NCC webmapping facility enables you to combine community collected and owned data with available government data, into readily useable and accessible online mapping tools.

26. Green Map System

The Green Map System is a global movement that promotes healthy, sustainable communities through locally-created maps of the natural and cultural environment. Active in over 40 countries, all use universal Green Map Icons and are linked to our website. Over 175 have been published to date, many of which use GIS.

27. Map pins and push pins for participatory mapping

What mapmakers should use when coding 3D models (point data).

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