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Paper2GIS: Going postal in the midst of a pandemic

Denwood, Timna; Huck, Jonathan; Lindley, Sarah

It is widely agreed that using local knowledge and opinions can prove beneficial in the decision-making process, with various forms of Participatory Mapping being used to capture responses to spatial questions. However, remote participatory research is increasingly carried out using digital methods which can limit the involvement of those affected by digital divides. This research uses a novel, automatic self-digitising paper-based Participatory Mapping method to explore whether the accessibility needs of participants can be met whilst maintaining the potential for effective spatial analysis on the part of the researcher. As a paper-based, geographically specific approach this research could be conducted during the pandemic by post, with residents of the Outer Hebrides, UK.

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