Using Geodesign as a Collaborative platform for developing and improving urban human communities and rural villages at sustainable environments by taking care of nature in all stages.
Design and planning method which tightly couples the creation of design proposals with impact simulations informed by geographic contexts. View More.
Communities can use Cloud GIS to learn about their settlements, interactively understand problems and how to cope with them by collaborating, participating and propose new actions for sustainable development.
Poor Urban Settlements usually live at unstable and degraded environments. Geodesign can interactively diminish environmental impacts, avoid wrong location of activities, and improve overall living quality. View More.
Public Participation is critical, and the new GIS Platform enables human interaction for understanding settlements and natural environment, a planning process lead by the community participation.
Learn about Planning efforts and GIS Projects developed by members of the GDS Latam Group for Improving Urban Shelters at Poor Urban Environments and developing new concepts for Sustainable and better Quality of Life at isolated Rural Villages.
is a community-based computerized platform for storing, managing and using a variety of services that put practical and useful information, communications technology and online services to work on behalf of local communities and sustainable development.
GeoVillage represents a new and innovative approach to sustainable community development. Whether a community currently has telecommunications and access to reliable electricity.
GeoVillage can supply this foundation infrastructure to remote communities, and/or provide a range of services that contribute to connected communities, growing and green economic opportunities, and convenient access to health, banking and other services - all from within an easy to use platform that is configured to address local community needs and priorities.
Advances in recent years in mobile telecommunications, low-cost computing, internet, cloud computing and other technologies has resulted in the evolution of the concept of Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D), whereby these technologies are being used in developing countries.
There are many examples from around the world of ICT4D being applied to real-world challenges and opportunities, from SMS-based financial transactions and banking via mobile phones, to access to current market prices of agricultural products for farmers, to access to micro-finance markets for would-be 3rd world entrepreneurs.
In parallel there has also been a recognition of the application of geographic information systems (GIS) technology in support of development issues (poverty mapping, emergency planning and response, economic development, delivery of humanitarian relief and many other areas) and Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) as a valid platform for sharing information across government organizations for increased efficiency, transparency, more effective coordination of foreign aid, and other advantages.
While all of these technologies and examples are being applied successfully in many parts of the world, there is a need for the development of locally-based and focused infrastructure and content that can be configured in an integrated framework supporting sustainable and resilient local development at the village scale.
The GPC Group has developed a concept for such a framework under the name of GeoVillage–Community Information Infrastructure.
This framework combines ICT4D, GIS, SDI and related technologies, applications and content in a form that can support many aspects of local community development that responds both to local needs as well as the needs of the international donor community to support better project formulation, management, monitoring and evaluation.
A foundation of low-cost mobile telephony, electrification, internet connectivity, community nodes and use of cloud computing support the local perspective, and as well can be chained together to support regional and national matters and macro-assessment.
The GeoVillage concept can be developed in a step-wise, incremental manner that is focused around local issues and priorities, and grown over time. With this approach, it is possible to put ICT, GIS and SDI to work for local communities, while also building the regional and national infrastructure that is needed for developing countries to maximize their natural and societal resources, build strong economies, protect natural and social heritage, and support sustainable and equitable development in ways that can make a fundamental difference for the future.
The Geovillage Brochure is available at this download link.
The Geovillage Concept Presentation is available at this download link.
GeoUrbanize Concept: Approach to provide poor communities with GIS Locally&Cloud based information infrastructure for supporting Sustainable and Resilient Urban Improvement Plans.
The GeoUrbanize Concept is a methodology to improve the poor urban settlements where communities try to live occupying areas nearby of cities (Be they called Squatter, Slums, Suburban, shanty towns, Peri-Urban or marginal urban areas) so they can have access to jobs, schools, health, transportation and other services located in nearby urbanized areas.
GeoUrbanized Concept acts as framework for the planning, development, operation and support of a GIS information infrastructure organized to provide communities with proposals and enough locally-based geographical information to improve and urbanize their settlements for a sustainable and resilient community development.
The Geourbanize Concept is directly related to improve and diversify the usually scarce or inexistent infrastructure and facilities found in poor urban communities of Latin America, suburban America and poor communities anywhere in the World.
This phenomena is basically an urban one, since you find very poor quarters and neighborhoods located adjacent to the city, but with minimal infrastructure and services, and in developing countries usually limited to shanty houses and shelters where to sleep. GeoUrbanize is a method for urbanizing these marginal urban spaces wherever they are located, and transform them into livable quarters connected and interrelated to the rest of the city they depend upon.
GeoUrbanize comprises several technical and organizational parts that fit together to use information, communications technology and GIS for developing useful information for local communities. In this case it centers its development process in putting as much information in the hands of urban dwellers through the use of smart phones. The mobile phone becomes then the situational room for all the members of poor communities, where they can daily check their nearest urban services, that might be itinerary and can be provided in diverse dates and locations. For example the use of small buses to provide Library’s or schooling and health services on the road. All information can be accessed at My Phone, where anyone can see also information about My Health, My Education, My Recreational and Cultural events programed to serve My Community.
GeoUrbanize is focused in the improvement implementation of urban spaces, since efforts are concentrated in providing urban settlements, as soon as possible, with public spaces by building small squares, meeting places, small parks and green open spaces. Above all there is an effort to improve the quality of the streets and walkways which are linked and function as a network of open spaces and nodes that provide the community with a connected set of facilities. In this way the residents find most of their needs being solved at walking distances, perceiving that improvements are permanent and so are their community ties.
The strategy then consists in preparing plans for improving the housing, education, production, exchange, protection and recreational facilities all within the settlement. Plans are facilitated by building up an information infrastructure about the geography and location of all community facilities. In this sense the Geographical Information Systems acts as a backbone to create a platform for delivering information in real time to all the neighbors and members of the community.
This process is cyclical and spiral, allowing citizens to audit and participate in the follow up, supervision and progress of the building process, by using the smart phone with free applications like ArcGis Explorer, Collector and Survey 123 to place comments and opinions or denounce security incidents that will immediately be known by the rest of the community. In that way the Planners and Public Officials can apply corrective measures to accelerate, modify or attend the issues aroused by the community.
The strategy then consists in preparing plans for improving the housing, education, production, exchange, protection and recreational facilities all within the settlement. These plans are facilitated by building up an information infrastructure about their geography and location of all community facilities. In this sense the Geographical Information Systems act as a backbone to create a platform to deliver such information in real time to the neighbors and members of the community.
This process is a cyclical and spiral one, allowing citizens to audit and participate in the following and supervision of the building progress, by using the smart phone with applications like ArcGis Explorer, Collector and Survey 123 to place comments and opinions or denounce security incidents that will immediately be known by the rest of the community. In that way also the Planners and Public Officials can take corrective measures to accelerate, modify or attend the issues aroused by the community.
The Planners and Public Agencies can also use GIS tools to follow up and control the development of improvements in geographical form. Each Project, its building Company, and the Entity in charge of supervising the building process, can visualize in a Dash Board the progress and proper timing for developing the planned improvements.
In this sense, the main objective of The GeoUrbanize Concept is to facilitate and continuously support members of the community with information about all of its needs and actual situation. This allows residents to make better decisions for the settlement and also become aware and conscious about their geography, and how it relates with living a sustainable life.
The following graphic summarizes the flow of activities proposed by The GeoUrbanize Concept to develop sustainable and resilient smart communities.
Once they reach this level of understanding is when residents become GeoCitizens.
The GeoUrbanize Concept Story Maps is available at this link.
The GeoUrbanize Concept Document is available at this link.
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