Visualizing life in an informal settlement of South Africa using web maps and story maps

Show simple item record Mdleleni, A.Z. (Azile) Rautenbach, Victoria Coetzee, Serena Martha 2021-05-11T11:06:39Z 2021-05-11T11:06:39Z 2020-08
dc.description.abstract Informal settlements are often not mapped, and only anecdotal evidence is commonly found on the activities that take place daily within these settlements. To address, this lack of information we followed a participatory GIS (PGIS) approach to mapping the daily struggles of individuals in the informal settlement of Alaska, Mamelodi, in Pretoria, South Africa. We interviewed twelve community members and started to analyse the data, but the question arises, how do we visualize and communicate the results? We decided to make use of web maps and story maps, and we implemented them both in Esri ArcGIS Online and in Mapbox. In this paper, we present the results of an evaluation of ArcGIS Online and Mapbox for creating web maps and story maps for PGIS projects. A list of evaluation criteria was developed based on literature and our experience. The results show that both ArcGIS Online and Mapbox are suitable options for creating web maps and story maps, but that they have different barriers to entry. We also found that story maps are superior in some cases to web maps for creating visualizations for PGIS projects as they provide a narrative with which the user can connect and a more immersive environment than web maps. en_ZA
dc.description.department Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian pm2021 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The South African National Research Foundation (NRF) en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Mdleleni, A. Z., Rautenbach, V., and Coetzee, S.: Visualizing life in an informal settlement of South Africa using web maps and story maps, International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences , XLIII-B4-2020, 615–622,, 2020. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1682-1750 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2194-9034 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.5194/isprs-archives-XLIII-B4-2020-615-2020
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Copernicus Publications en_ZA
dc.rights © Authors 2020. CC BY 4.0 License. en_ZA
dc.subject Participatory GIS en_ZA
dc.subject Community mapping en_ZA
dc.subject Informal settlement en_ZA
dc.subject Web maps en_ZA
dc.subject Story maps en_ZA
dc.subject Geographic information system (GIS) en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title Visualizing life in an informal settlement of South Africa using web maps and story maps en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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