Interacting with Geospatial Technologies provides an introduction to HCI and usability aspects of Geographical Information Systems and Science. Its aim is to introduce the principles of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI); to discuss the special usability aspects of GIS which designers and developers need to take into account when developing such systems; and to offer a set of tried and tested frameworks, matrices and techniques that can be used within GIS projects.
Geographical Information Systems and other applications of computerised mapping have gained popularity in recent years. Today, computer-based maps are common on the World Wide Web, mobile phones, satellite navigation systems and in various desktop computing packages. The more sophisticated packages that allow the manipulation and analysis of geographical information are used in location decisions of new businesses, for public service delivery for planning decisions by local and central government. Many more applications exist and some estimate the number of people across the world that are using GIS in their daily work at several millions. However, many applications of GIS are hard to learn and to master. This is understandable, as until quite recently, the main focus of software vendors in the area of GIS was on the delivery of basic functionality and development of methods to present and manipulate geographical information using the available computing resources. As a result, little attention was paid to usability aspects of GIS. This is evident in many public and private systems where the terminology, conceptual design and structure are all centred around the engineering of GIS and not on the needs and concepts that are familiar to the user.
Interacting with Geospatial Technologies covers a range of topics from the cognitive models of geographical representation, to interface design. It will provide the reader with frameworks and techniques that can be used and description of case studies in which these techniques have been used for computer mapping application.
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SECTION I THEORY
1 Human-computer interaction and geospatial technologies - context Mordechai (Muki) Haklay and Artemis Skarlatidou)
2 Human understanding of space (Clare Davies, Chao (Lily) Li and Jochen Albrecht)
3 Cartographic theory and principles (Catherine (Kate) Emma Jones)
4 Computer-mediated communication, collaboration and groupware (Mordechai (Muki) Haklay)
SECTION II FRAMEWORK
5 User-centred design (Mordechai (Muki) Haklay and Annu-Maaria Nivala)
6 Usability engineering (Mordechai (Muki) Haklay, Artemis Skarlatidou and Carolina Tobon)
SECTION III PRACTICALITIES AND TECHNIQUE
7 Application planning (Jochen Albrecht and Clare Davies)
8 Practical cartography (Catherine (Kate) Emma Jones)
9 Principles of interaction (Jessica Wardlaw)
10 Evaluation and deployment (Stephanie Larissa Marsh and Mordechai (Muki) Haklay)
11 Single user environments: desktop to mobile (Mordechai (Muki) Haklay and (Lily) Chao Li)
12 Web-mapping applications and HCI considerations for their design (Artemis Skarlatidou)