Articles | Volume 4
06 Jun 2023
 | 06 Jun 2023

Development of an inclusive Mapping Application in a Co-Design Process

Arne Vogt, Johannes Flacke, Karin Pfeffer, Fenna Imara Hoefsloot, Jane Strugar Kolesnik, and Johannes Schnell

Keywords: spatial planning, collaborative mapping, open-source, co-design, accessibility, participatory GIS

Abstract. Current mapping tools are often not inclusive and cannot be used by all stakeholders of spatial planning processes. In a co-design process involving scientific researchers and co-researchers with different physical disabilities, the accessibility of existing collaborative mapping tools was assessed. Based on the requirements for an inclusive mapping tool that were derived from the assessment an existing open-source software was adapted and extended to better meet these requirements. The resulting prototype of an inclusive mapping application for digital maptables was then evaluated by the group of co-researchers. The aim of this inclusive tool is to support collaborative planning processes.