From the Back Cover
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.