Web-based instruments for strengthening sustainable regional development in the Alps

Axel Borsdorf, Oliver Bender, Fides Braun, Andreas Haller

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3986/AGS.897

Abstract

Web-based information and communication technologies enable the inclusion of all stakeholders in sustainable regional development and raise hopes that these processes will be accomplished from the bottom up and with broad public participation. This article synthesizes, presents, and critically discusses solutions for the Alps that use web 2.0 technologies, in particular: (a) GALPIS and DIAMONT with databases and an interactive webGIS, (b) mountain.TRIP as an efficient communication and information system to link research with practice, and (c) mountain wikis as tools for collaborative regional planning and development. The results indicate that new information and communication instruments enhance the implementation, promotion, assessment, and steering of sustainable regional development in the Alps.

Keywords

geography; regional development; web 2.0; social media; Alps

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