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Saturday, 28 May 2011
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
- Beginning mapping – the importance of location and scale
- Geographic data modelling – how representations of reality are created with different GIS data models
- Cartographic theory – fundamental principles of cartography that aid useful and usable maps to be produced
- Data generalisation - introduction of types of data generalisation and why it is necessary
- Data classification
- Mapping conventions – elements that enhance user understanding of the map
- Simple spatial analysis – introducing some simple of analysis that can be computed using GIS eg buffers and distance
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Monday, 23 May 2011
His post : Usability and the GeoWeb - Don't make me think!
The post discussed is how usability of web GIS acts as a barrier to adoption. Eye tracking experiments we conducted showed how even the location of common functionality, such as "Search" impacts the user interaction and user experience.
Three days after the Patrick's original blog post, we have noticed that the search function for the OSM website (the object of our experiments) has moved location....this is an impact for our project.
We are really pleased that OSM were able to respond so quickly and we are delighted that our work is already having an impact for users of OSM.
The new location of Open Street Map search function is located at the top of the page were the users expect the search to be located. This is more in line with the F-pattern in which we view web pages. Whilst this is not the perfect location, it is much improved.
(watch this space there is more to follow.....)
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
This is interesting because in one of my project interviews a participant discussed the langauage of GIS too.
Which geographic concept do you think is the starting point to learning a new language of GIS? In the not too distant future we will be posting a questionnaire to collate your opinions.
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
So one of the first geographic concepts that we need to consider is that almost everything happens somewhere, and by knowing this where, we can build a map.
Thursday, 5 May 2011
I do not know if this has actually been validated for digital globes such as NASA World Wind or GoogleEarth but from personal experience I am absolutely certain they are easier to use, easier to learn and easier to remember the functionality than proprietary desktop GIS.
In this project we aim to develop a useful and usable GeoWeb application for non experts and so this benchmark could be incorporated into the testing and development phase – can non-experts learn to do something in our application within 10 minutes? Something to consider.....