New publication - Usability and usefulness of internet mapping platforms

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MichaƂ Rzeszewski
Mon, Jan 21, 2019 10:16 PM

Hi all,

Below is a link to our new publication that discusses usefulness and
usability of web mapping platforms in PPGIS and spatial planning. It
touches the things I have the pleasure of discussing with some of you in
San Luis Obispo :)  We propose some new avenues for PPGIS research and
point to some problems with using maps as a data gathering tools.

https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1YQ8TWf-B4HMq

Best

Michal Rzeszewski

ABSTRACT*******************

Internet mapping platforms are widely used in participatory planning. They
carry the promise of accessibility, a wider audience, and more precise
spatial data. However, they are critiqued for issues of trust, digital
exclusion, and low usability. While the first two problems can be dependent
on the local context, the last one is connected with the introduction of
map editing tools. They change browser experience and require accessing
spatial knowledge, which is a cognitively demanding task, especially for
older people. This can negatively influence both quality and quantity of
the data being produced. In this paper, we ask questions about the
perception of online forms of participation, the accuracy and reliability
of the data being collected in participatory mapping, differences between
participants age groups, and design considerations for creating successful
and inclusive participatory mapping tools? We conducted usability testing
experiment with 30 participants. They were presented with various map
editing tasks that were to be completed using a mock internet participatory
mapping platform that was designed to mimic real-life applications. The
sessions were recorded using eye-tracking equipment.

We have observed a considerable enthusiasm for using and interacting with
web mapping tools, but this was not reflected in the quality of the data
which was very low overall. Known map features were added in wrong places
even in simpler tasks. Although there were considerable differences between
the oldest and youngest people in the map editing behavior, the quality and
quantity of the data were similar. We conclude that mapping platforms can
be useful for participatory planning and age of the participants is not a
barrier for their inclusion when the interface is properly designed. But in
the same time care is needed to provide robust quality control. We also
propose a research agenda composed from three avenues of research: data
quality, usability and user experience and utility of the map.

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Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management
Adam Mickiewicz University
Krygowskiego 10, 61-680 Poznan, Poland
www: http://earthisflat.net/
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michal_Rzeszewski

Hi all, Below is a link to our new publication that discusses usefulness and usability of web mapping platforms in PPGIS and spatial planning. It touches the things I have the pleasure of discussing with some of you in San Luis Obispo :) We propose some new avenues for PPGIS research and point to some problems with using maps as a data gathering tools. https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1YQ8TWf-B4HMq Best Michal Rzeszewski *************ABSTRACT******************************** Internet mapping platforms are widely used in participatory planning. They carry the promise of accessibility, a wider audience, and more precise spatial data. However, they are critiqued for issues of trust, digital exclusion, and low usability. While the first two problems can be dependent on the local context, the last one is connected with the introduction of map editing tools. They change browser experience and require accessing spatial knowledge, which is a cognitively demanding task, especially for older people. This can negatively influence both quality and quantity of the data being produced. In this paper, we ask questions about the perception of online forms of participation, the accuracy and reliability of the data being collected in participatory mapping, differences between participants age groups, and design considerations for creating successful and inclusive participatory mapping tools? We conducted usability testing experiment with 30 participants. They were presented with various map editing tasks that were to be completed using a mock internet participatory mapping platform that was designed to mimic real-life applications. The sessions were recorded using eye-tracking equipment. We have observed a considerable enthusiasm for using and interacting with web mapping tools, but this was not reflected in the quality of the data which was very low overall. Known map features were added in wrong places even in simpler tasks. Although there were considerable differences between the oldest and youngest people in the map editing behavior, the quality and quantity of the data were similar. We conclude that mapping platforms can be useful for participatory planning and age of the participants is not a barrier for their inclusion when the interface is properly designed. But in the same time care is needed to provide robust quality control. We also propose a research agenda composed from three avenues of research: data quality, usability and user experience and utility of the map. -- Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management Adam Mickiewicz University Krygowskiego 10, 61-680 Poznan, Poland www: http://earthisflat.net/ ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michal_Rzeszewski