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The use of guidelines to obtain usability for geographic information interfaces


Heil, B; Reichenbacher, T (2009). The use of guidelines to obtain usability for geographic information interfaces. In: 24th International Cartographic Conference, Santiago de Chile, Chile, 15 November 2009 - 21 November 2009.

Abstract

This paper addresses the applicability of classical Human Computer Interaction (HCI) methods to design usable interfaces to geographic information and the question for a
need of specific methods taking into account the characteristics of spatial data. Based on design guidelines three prototypes of a user interface to an information platform for natural hazards were designed and evaluated in an experiment using standard usability
evaluation methods and eye movement recordings. The results show that the design solution for an interface with a balance of thematic navigation inside a tree and map-
based, spatial navigation scored best. It is therefore suggested to harness a combination of HCI methods and an independent design theory for spatial applications to develop usable geographic information interfaces.

Abstract

This paper addresses the applicability of classical Human Computer Interaction (HCI) methods to design usable interfaces to geographic information and the question for a
need of specific methods taking into account the characteristics of spatial data. Based on design guidelines three prototypes of a user interface to an information platform for natural hazards were designed and evaluated in an experiment using standard usability
evaluation methods and eye movement recordings. The results show that the design solution for an interface with a balance of thematic navigation inside a tree and map-
based, spatial navigation scored best. It is therefore suggested to harness a combination of HCI methods and an independent design theory for spatial applications to develop usable geographic information interfaces.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Event End Date:21 November 2009
Deposited On:15 Feb 2010 09:35
Last Modified:18 Feb 2018 00:13
Additional Information:In: Proceedings of th 24th International Cartographic Conference, ICC2009
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Related URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.icc2009.cl/
Related URLs:http://www.icaci.org/documents/ICC_proceedings/ICC2009/html/nonref/20_6.pdf (Organisation)

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