The use of unmanned aerial vehicles as a means of data collection for participatory action research
Britta Ricker, PhD
means to illuminate social and environmental injustices
co-construction of knowledge= Better understanding of HAZARDS?
promotion of self and critical awareness that leads to individual, collective social change
Show me, I remember.
Involve me, I understand.
-Chinese Proverb (Paulos et al., 2009)
"moment of translation
transforming experiential, testimonial and qualitative forms of knowledge into quantitative aggregated or abstracted forms" (Elwood & Leszczynski , 2012: 548)
interconnected tools and spatial data available on the web spanning multiple geographic regions
Revolutionized spatial data (Sui, 2008)
but not democratizing it (Haklay, 2013)
Provides access to satellite and aerial imagery! (Goodchild, 2007; Harvey, 2014; Kingsbury & Jones, 2009)
Opportunity to contribute Volunteered Geographic Information (Goodchild, 2007)
Elwood & Leszczynski (2012) New spatial media, new knowledge politics. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (38): 544-559.
"Mediums or channels that extend our ability to interact with and create geographic information online" p 544
"...knowledge politics to be shaped by deeply institutionalized tendencies in planning and policy making to grant greater weight to knowledge expressed as quantitative data or represented in cartographic forms."
Data Driven Decision Making
(Elwood & Leszczynski, 2012: 545)
"From expert to everyday"
(Elwood & Leszczynski, 2012)
Public Participatory Geographic Information Systems (PPGIS)
Maintain a keen awareness as to not reproduce inequalities. Active engagement in effort to use these technologies to combat inequalities (Elwood, 2015)
Method by which participants identify, represent, and enhance their community through a specific photographic technique
(Sandvik & Lohne, 2014)
Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University created this 3D model from aerial imagery captured by UAV.
Digital Maps! Digital Globes offer basemaps for participatory mapping. But they also control temporal and spatial resolution of those basemaps
Twin Lakes Home Owners Assiciation, Federal Way
Classified by takeoff and landing methods
Photography and Cinematography
MapKnitter, Google Maps, MapBox, GeoServer + OpenLayers, ESRI Online
77 photos to make an orthophoto, 3D model + more in
> one hour total
and mobile spatial media (Elwood, 2008; Thatcher, 2016)
Risk of Re-enforcing inequality
Only scratching the surface
Work with communities
Opportunity to establish ethical standards for UAV usage
Participation sparks critical thinking during each step of the process
Illuminate methods in which to utilize these increasingly accessible technologies to edit your world, tell your truth,
share your experience in place.
Acknowledgments: Agnieszka Leszczynski , Muki Haklay,
Sarah Elwood, Ali Modarres