Utility of collaborative GIS for maritime spatial planning: Design and evaluation of Baltic Explorer

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Title: Utility of collaborative GIS for maritime spatial planning: Design and evaluation of Baltic Explorer
Author: Koski, Christian; Rönneberg, Mikko; Kettunen, Pyry; Eliasen, Søren; Hansen, Henning Sten; Oksanen, Juha
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Date: 2021
Language: en
Belongs to series: Transactions in GIS
ISSN: 1361-1682
1467-9671
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/328354
Abstract: Maritime spatial planning (MSP) needs tools to facilitate discussions and manage spatial data in collaborative workshops that involve actors with various backgrounds and expertise. However, the reported use of spatial tools in real‐world MSP is sparse. A better understanding is needed of how geographic information systems (GIS) can effectively support collaboration in MSP. We studied the utility of GIS tools for collaborative MSP in five steps: first, identifying shortcomings in available GIS for supporting collaborative MSP; second, defining requirements for an effective collaborative GIS (CGIS) for MSP; third, designing and developing a prototype CGIS, Baltic Explorer; fourth, demonstrating the system; and fifth, evaluating the system. In a real‐world MSP workshop, we demonstrated that the functionalities of Baltic Explorer can support and facilitate discussions in collaborative work. We also found that more research is needed about the use of spatial data in collaborative MSP and integration of model‐based geospatial analysis into CGIS.


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