Cognitive and usability issues in geovisualization
T. A. Slocum, C. Blok, B. Jiang, A. Koussoulakou, D. R. Montello, S. Fuhrmann, N. R. Hedley 2001 Cartography and Geographic Information Science v28 p61-75

This article highlights the progression of visualizing geospatial data and the need for these to fit within a cognitive framework. Developments in hardware and software have led to (and will continue to stimulate) numerous novel methods for visualizing geospatial data. It is the authors’ belief that these novel methods will be of little use if they are not developed within a theoretical cognitive framework and iteratively tested using usability engineering principles. This article argues that cognitive and usability issues should be considered in the context of six major research themes: 1) geospatial virtual environments (GeoVEs); 2) dynamic representations (including animated and interactive maps); 3) metaphors and schemata in user interface design; 4) individual and group differences; 5) collaborative geovisualization; and 6) evaluating the effectiveness of geovisualization methods.


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Subject: Education
Resource Type: Pedagogic Resources:Overview/Summary, Journal Article
Research on Learning: Ways Of Learning:Visual Learning, Spatial Intelligence:Spatial Representations Of Data , Cognitive Domain