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2011

Emerging technologies in planning

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Planning Connected: Using Online Social Networks To Improve Knowledge About Places And Communities, Aaron Parker Ray Jun 2011

Planning Connected: Using Online Social Networks To Improve Knowledge About Places And Communities, Aaron Parker Ray

Master's Theses and Project Reports

The advent of Social Networking Systems (SNS) has introduced new possibilities for planners to refine and extend conventional engagement and data-gathering techniques by leveraging user-contributed, spatially-referenced content freely available online. This study examines the use of SNS content as community input, complementing input gathered through traditional participatory processes such as workshops, public comment hearings, and charrettes. Four case studies of recent community planning projects in the United States are analyzed, comparing the data gathered from traditional participatory processes with available SNS content related to each project study area, to determine to what extent the inclusion of SNS data would improve ...