One tool to spatialize all: sense of place, social capital and civic engagement

Albert Acedo, German Mendoza, Marco Painho, Sven Casteleyn

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The spatialization of social concepts in to the city context is becoming a need. However, currently, there are few tools to directly spatialize environmental psychology concepts, such as sense of place, or social and participatory concepts, such as social capital and civic engagement.
Furthermore, most existing tools are not taking full advantage of Geographical Information Science (GISc) capabilities mixed with online possibilities. This article presents a tool - an internet map-based application with an intuitive user interface - to deal with the pervasive lack of spatializing subjective citizens’ feeling, perceptions and experiences. Our approach successfully merges GISc framework and tools with questions and indicators from literature in social concepts. As such, the tool allows to identify and spatialize sense of place, social capital (discerning between bonding and bridging) and civic engagement of citizens, and attach meaningful information to them. It is a first step
towards understanding and studying the social-spatial layer which undeniably ties a city and its citizens together.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocietal Geo-innovation
Subtitle of host publicationshort papers, posters and poster abstracts of the 20th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science
EditorsA. Bregt, T. Sarjakoski, R. van Lammeren, F. Rip
Place of PublicationWageningen, the Netherlands
Publisher Wageningen University & Research
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-90-816960-7-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventAGILE 2017: 20th conferemce on geo-information science - Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, Netherlands
Duration: 9 May 201712 May 2017

Publication series

NameAGILE: The Annual International Conference on Geographic Information Science


ConferenceAGILE 2017


  • Civic engagement
  • Social capital
  • Sense of place
  • Internet map-based application


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