Significant challenges remain for scholars and practitioners’’ thinking towards a new style of environmental and resource management. In an effort to work for economic, social and ecological balance, these parties have resort to collaboration with technical, scientific and business experts (along with many other experts) in order to reach this goal. GIS has become a “way to help bridge these divides” within the world. Specifically Collaborative GIS (CGIS), a networked collection of computer technology that allows participants to share information in an institutional setting that can help serve the purpose of managing resources and environmental issues efficiently.
CGIS can be very helpful in numerous ways, whether it is to provide information to another expert or scholar, or to help out someone in need of information for another project, it is like a huge network that everyone contributes to in order to help each other out. In many cases, CGIS can provide useful information; however on occasions, the information may not be as helpful as it seems. Based on who uses it, and how well the information’s validity and reliability is, will determine how well it is. It is important not to abuse CGIS by not providing inaccurate information and only providing useful, reliable information for others to use.
Ramsey, K. (2009). GIS, modeling, and politics: On the tensions of collaborative decision support. Journal of Environmental Management, 90(6), 1972-1980.