First Café étudiants du CRG on April 24th

As a part of the new scientific activities of CRG, a first CAFÉ ÉTUDIANT DU CRG will be held on Friday 24th of April at 14 pm in CSL 1733.

Wided Batita will present her PhD project entitled “WikiGIS: Development of a mock-up for the GeoDesign process”. You will be also asked to answer a short questionnaire.

GeoDesign is an emerging concept that aims to address key issues that impact the planning and management of human settlement and activities. GeoDesign is not really a new concept, but it was updated in December 2008 at a specialist meeting on «Spatial Concepts in GIS and Design1» organized by the US National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis. Following this meeting, many GeoDesign Summits2 have taken place in Redlands (CA), in January 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The last GeoDesign summit took place in 22d and 23th January 20153.

In this study, we define GeoDesign as “an art by the creativity of design and a science by the rationale of GIS. GeoDesign brings together a multidisciplinary team who collaborates, interacts, iterates and deliberates and also involves public participation”. The creative, deliberative, uncertain, multi-actors, multi-scale and multi-thematic process of GeoDesign needs an innovative theoretical basis, tools, supports and practices in order to fit its complex requirements. For this reason, we propose WikiGIS as a new tool to support the GeoDesign process.

Batita et al., 20124 defined WikGIS as: “a 2.0 collaborative platform, supported by wiki as Content Management System to ensure the traceability of geographical contributions and providing a support to the argument and qualification of these contributions, and a dynamic consultation and analysis. The WikiGIS also has a powerful editing and creation functions (sketch-mapping) as well as basic GIS analysis functions. It offers a quick and easy access to the ongoing GeoDesign process” (translated by the author).

Indeed, WikiGIS derives its strength from merging the functions of these three sub-components: the strengths of wiki features by its ability in traceability, basic GIS features to geoprocess, and design’s tools to sketching. Batita et al., 20145 defined the conceptual framework of WikiGIS by Unified Modeling Language (UML). Next, we implemented a user interface and through a hypothetical scenario, we highlighted its functions and we proved the utility of that tool in the geoDesign process.