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Eliciting Local Spatial Knowledge for Community-Based Disaster Risk Management: Working with Cybertracker in Georgian Caucasus


  • Valentina Spanu

    (Center for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia, Pula, Italy)

  • Michael Keith McCall

    (Department of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands & Centro de Investigaciones en Geografía Ambiental (CIGA), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Morelia, Michoacán, México)


CyberTracker (CT) participatory field data collection software is used as an element of Participatory GIS for acquiring, geo-referencing, storing and transferring local spatial knowledge. It has been developed initially for animal tracking, ecological surveys and conservation management activities, but has extended into the social environment for health and welfare surveys, and it is being applied to social data collection about hazards, vulnerability and coping mechanisms in disaster risk management. This article provides a critical guide of CyberTracker under field conditions with representative participation. The practical experiences informing this critical review of field operations come from employing CyberTracker with staff of NGOs and local government agencies in a workshop in two hazard-prone communities in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia.

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  • Valentina Spanu & Michael Keith McCall, 2013. "Eliciting Local Spatial Knowledge for Community-Based Disaster Risk Management: Working with Cybertracker in Georgian Caucasus," International Journal of E-Planning Research (IJEPR), IGI Global, vol. 2(2), pages 45-59, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jepr00:v:2:y:2013:i:2:p:45-59

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