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Interacting with Geospatial Technologies Hardcover – 26 Mar 2010

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  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (26 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470998245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470998243
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 2.2 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,930,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Interacting with Geospatial Technologies provides an introduction to Human–Computer Interaction (HCI) and usability aspects of Geographical Information Technologies – from Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to web mapping applications. The book provides a clear introduction to the principles of HCI, a discussion about those special usability aspects of GIS which designers and developers need to take into account when developing such systems, and it offers a set of tried and tested frameworks, matrices and techniques that can be used within GIS projects. The introductory text covers a range of topics, from the cognitive models of geographical representation to interface design. It provides the reader with frameworks and techniques that can be used and case studies in which these techniques have been used for computer mapping application. Takes an integrative approach to the subject to draw together the latest developments in the field. Carefully structured to introduce the genera principles of HCI and usability research and provide the basic theory of spatial cognition, map reading and the fundamentals of cartographic principles. Includes numerous case studies to show usability in practice for example, Desktop GIS, Web–based GIS and Geovisualization Systems along with more recognizable geographic technologies such as SatNav, web maps and Mashups. An invaluable reference for those people taking courses in GIS. Geoinformatics, Geomatic Engineering or Spatial Information management, as well as computer scientists and information systems designers.

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By Zornitza Yovcheva on 20 Jan 2012
Format: Hardcover
The book provides a comprehensive overview of the relatively new intersection between two fields: HCI and Geo-Information Science.
Because it covers an extremely wide range of topics my first expectations were that it would be a relatively difficult material to go through. These were completely discarded when I went over the first chapters, and without knowing it, continued reading until the end. The text is exquisitely written, but at the same time perfectly clear and informative.

Even though I was interested mainly in two specific topics: collaborative use of geospatial technologies and mobile spatial interaction, I found the rest of the chapters very useful as well. The introductory sections flow perfectly and shift gently from basic HCI theory, to spatial perception and cognition, to finally cover the most fundamental cartographic principles and theories. What I liked the most is that throughout the text, there are a number of case studies that provide context for more complex issues under discussion, but also serve as excellent practical examples for the points that the text is trying to communicate.

The range of literature that is cited and the additional information resources at the end of each chapter make this book an excellent reference piece.
In my opinion, it is definitely worth having! I am sure I will be referring back to it time and again.
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