Fundamental to the success of any PGIS project is the integrity of the process by which the map evolves and the information that substantiates it.
It is therefore important that practitioners:
- exercise care in documenting the steps that facilitate the creation of a participatory map;
- ensure that the process of collecting local spatial knowledge is sound.
This Module focuses on the methods and tools of documentation and how the appropriate application of these tools can enhance the processes for participatory mapping activities. It consists of six Units, including an introduction to documentation, a review of interview techniques and note-taking procedures, practical lessons on the fundamentals of participatory video, picture taking (Photo Voice), audio recording and evaluating the mapping programme and the collected data.
Module objectives / expected outcomes
After the completion of the Module the trainee will be able to plan activities which document the process and local spatial knowledge; to demonstrate requirements related to documentation, such as receiving prior consent and obtaining release forms; to distinguish between different interview techniques and design an interview schedule; to deploy basic skills related to video recording and editing, photography and audio recording; to explain the importance of receiving evaluative feedback from community members and to design a framework for achieving this.
Content outline and main topics covered
- Unit M14U01 – Introduction to Documentation (½ day)
- Unit M14U02 – Interviewing Techniques (½ day)
- Unit M14U03 – Fundamentals of Note Taking (½ day)
- Unit M14U04 – Fundamentals of Participatory Video (1 day)
- Unit M14U05 – Fundamentals of Photography (Photo Voice) ( ½ – 1 day)
- Unit M14U06 – Fundamentals of Audio Recording (½ day)
3 ½ – 4 days