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Advances in Cartography and GIScience of the ICA
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Articles | Volume 3
29 Nov 2021
 | 29 Nov 2021

Mapping accessibility in Norway – a Method to Register and Survey the Status of Accessibility in urban areas and recreational areas

Sven Michaelis and Kathrin Bögelsack

Keywords: Accessibility, Barrier Free, Inclusive Design, Regional Management, Diversity

Abstract. The Norwegian mapping authority has developed a standard method for mapping accessibility mostly for people with limited or no walking abilities in urban and recreational areas. We choose an object-orientated approach where points, lines and polygons represents objects in the environment. All data are stored in a geospatial database, so they can be presented as web map and analysed using GIS software. By the end of 2020, more than 230 out of 356 municipalities are mapped using that method. The aim of this project is to establish a national standard for mapping of accessibility and to provide a geodatabase that shows the status of accessibility throughout Norway. The data provide a useful tool for national statistics, local planning authorities and private users. The results show that accessibility is still low and Norway still faces many challenges to meet the government’s goals for Universal Design.

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