Education in Geographic information systems usability and user-adaptivity

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dc.contributor.author McAdams, Michael Andrew
dc.contributor.author Nikov, Alexander
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-14T11:56:10Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-14T11:56:10Z
dc.date.issued 2011-06-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2139/10104
dc.description.abstract The objective of this paper is to advance the usability and adaption for users of geographic information systems(GIS) by developing suitably trained professionals via a tailored graduate program. Human-computer interaction models are useful in analyzing the use of GIS in specific task situations.Such analysis provides a sound basis for GIS use optiomization.GIS applications,i.e., in environmental protection or urban and regional planning, require entirely different user interfaces that for those where users are experts. Building such interfaces taking into account GIS usability and adaptation to the user appears to be a promising approach.This could be achieved by careful analysis of GIS utilization and dynamic adaptation to user preferences and interests, the given task,goals and actual work context.The students should learn the usablity principles and how to apply them for designing GIS user interfaces.In addition, they should know to analyze GIS user tasks,interests, and preferences and adapt GIS user interfaces to them.This paper integrates these two complementary disciplines.Examples using ArcView illustrating GIS usability and user adaptivity are given.A MS GIS program with specification in usability and user-adaptive systems is proposed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject interdisciplinary education programs en_US
dc.subject GIS usability en_US
dc.subject GIS adaptability en_US
dc.title Education in Geographic information systems usability and user-adaptivity en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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