Usability Dimensions in Collaborative GIS

Usability Dimensions in Collaborative GIS

Mordechai (Muki) Haklay (University College London, UK)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-845-1.ch002
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Abstract

Collaborative GIS requires careful consideration of the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Usability aspects, given the variety of users that are expected to use these systems, and the need to ensure that users will find the system effective, efficient, and enjoyable. The chapter explains the link between collaborative GIS and usability engineering/HCI studies. The integration of usability considerations into collaborative GIS is demonstrated in two case studies of Web-based GIS implementation. In the first, the process of digitising an area on Web-based GIS is improved to enhance the user’s experience, and to allow interaction over narrowband Internet connections. In the second, server-side rendering of 3D scenes allows users who are not equipped with powerful computers to request sophisticated visualisation without the need to download complex software. The chapter concludes by emphasising the need to understand the users’ context and conditions within any collaborative GIS project.

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