ALTERRA, Wageningen University and Research Centre

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Government, public authorities and companies more and more use geographic information systems (GIS) for analysis and visualization of their data. GIS technology however, has been criticized for its hi-tech and expert-centered approach, which results in initial hesitation and distances stakeholders from the decision-making process.

MAPTALKā„¢ offers a mutual GIS that makes efficient use of this geographic information in spatial decision making processes were stakeholders feel no qualms using it. Stakeholder participation and group decision making is effectively supported by digital support of spatial brainstorms, discussions and (geographic) information sharing. MAPTALKā„¢ thereby facilitates dialogue, decision making and constructive engagement.

MapTalk can be considered to be an accelerator for spatial planning processes. The use of MapTalk results in a directly available cohered plan, with a well documented process.

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