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The future of geographic information displays from GIScience, cartographic, and cognitive science perspectives


Thrash, Tyler; Fabrikant, Sara I; Brügger, Annina; Do, Cao Tri; Huang, Haosheng; Richter, Kai-Florian; Lanini-Maggi, Sara; Bertel, Sven; Credé, Sascha; Gartner, Georg; Münzer, Stefan (2019). The future of geographic information displays from GIScience, cartographic, and cognitive science perspectives. In: Timpf, Sabine; Schlieder, Christoph; Kattenbeck, Markus; Ludwig, Bernd; Stewart, Kathleen. 14th International Conference on Spatial Information Theory. COSIT 2019, September 9–13, 2019, Regensburg, Germany. Saarbrücken: Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik, 19.1-19.11.

Abstract

With the development of modern geovisual analytics tools, several researchers have emphasized the importance of understanding users’ cognitive, perceptual, and affective tendencies for supporting spatial decisions with geographic information displays (GIDs). However, most recent technological developments have focused on support for navigation in terms of efficiency and effectiveness while neglecting the importance of spatial learning. In the present paper, we will envision the future of GIDs that also support spatial learning in the context of large-scale navigation. Specifically, we will illustrate the manner in which GIDs have been (in the past) and might be (in the future) designed to be context-responsive, personalized, and supportive for active spatial learning from three different perspectives (i.e., GIScience, cartography, and cognitive science). We will also explain why this approach is essential for preventing the technological infantilizing of society (i.e., the reduction of our capacity to make decisions without technological assistance). Although these issues are common to nearly all emerging digital technologies, we argue that these issues become especially relevant in consideration of a person’s current and future locations.

Abstract

With the development of modern geovisual analytics tools, several researchers have emphasized the importance of understanding users’ cognitive, perceptual, and affective tendencies for supporting spatial decisions with geographic information displays (GIDs). However, most recent technological developments have focused on support for navigation in terms of efficiency and effectiveness while neglecting the importance of spatial learning. In the present paper, we will envision the future of GIDs that also support spatial learning in the context of large-scale navigation. Specifically, we will illustrate the manner in which GIDs have been (in the past) and might be (in the future) designed to be context-responsive, personalized, and supportive for active spatial learning from three different perspectives (i.e., GIScience, cartography, and cognitive science). We will also explain why this approach is essential for preventing the technological infantilizing of society (i.e., the reduction of our capacity to make decisions without technological assistance). Although these issues are common to nearly all emerging digital technologies, we argue that these issues become especially relevant in consideration of a person’s current and future locations.

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > Software
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:05 Dec 2019 10:53
Last Modified:25 May 2020 19:59
Publisher:Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik
Series Name:LIPIcs : Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics
Number:142
ISSN:1868-8969
ISBN:978-3-95977-115-3
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.4230/LIPIcs.COSIT.2019.19
Official URL:http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2019/11092/pdf/LIPIcs-COSIT-2019-0.pdf

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