• Urban Problems and Spatial Methods
  • Volume 17, Number 1
  • Managing Editor: Mark D. Shroder
  • Associate Editor: Michelle P. Matuga

Spatial Experiences: Using Google Earth To Locate Meanings Pertinent to Sense of Place

Nicholas Wise
Glasgow Caledonian University


Using aerial images that enable research participants, during an interview, to discuss and locate points of spatial significance in their community represents an innovative approach to place-based research. This method allows for participants to discuss spaces relative to their associated meanings and enables researchers and community planners to understand the makings of place in a particular community. This article discusses how researchers and planners can use Google Earth to organize and spatially reference qualitative data to allocate community members’ subjective meanings of particular spaces and landscapes. The article includes examples from the Dominican Republic to outline the suggested approach.

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