El Rincón de los Olvidados: Participatory GIS, Experiential Learning and Critical Pedagogy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Participatory approaches to GIS make it possible for community members, scholars and GIS practitioners to document and represent complex layers of qualitative and quantitative data. However, greater attention should be paid to the socially contingent co-production of spatial knowledge that occurs in projects, and which is shaped by complex encounters between local and scientific knowledge. A critical review of the fieldwork and representations produced through a Participatory GIS (PGIS) project in Santo Domingo Norte, Dominican Republic, reveals how the dynamic engagements between community members, activists, policy makers and graduate students resulted in socially and politically informed GIS and maps.