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Efficient Interactive Tactile Maps: A Semi-Automated Workflow Using the TouchIt3D Technology and OpenStreetMap Data

Department of Geoinformatics, Faculty of Science, Palacký University Olomouc, 771 46 Olomouc, Czech Republic
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10(8), 505; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10080505
Received: 8 June 2021 / Revised: 16 July 2021 / Accepted: 19 July 2021 / Published: 27 July 2021
Despite the growing efficiency of the map-design process in general, tactile mapping has remained peripheral to mainstream cartography. For a specific group of people with visual impairment, however, tactile maps are the only effective way to obtain a complex idea about the geospatial distribution of the surrounding world. As there are numerous specifics in creating these 3D maps and only a limited group of users, tactile products have usually been either very simple creations or, on the other hand, difficult and expensive to produce. Modern trends and progress in the availability of new technologies (e.g., 3D printing) bring new possibilities for keeping tactile map production both effective and up to date. Therefore, this paper aims to present a methodology to apply the TouchIt3D technology to link 3D-printed multi-material tactile maps with a mobile device. Utilizing this solution resulted in a set of interactive tactile maps following current trends of inclusive education. Using OpenStreetMap data together with a semi-automated workflow significantly lowered expenses compared to antecedent maps with similar functionality. A semi-automated workflow was designed, focusing on three use cases of independent movement: walking, using public transport, and tourism. View Full-Text
Keywords: tactile maps; interactive maps; multimedia maps; visual impairment; user adaptation; OpenStreetMap; 3D printing; TouchIt3D technology tactile maps; interactive maps; multimedia maps; visual impairment; user adaptation; OpenStreetMap; 3D printing; TouchIt3D technology
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Barvir, R.; Vondrakova, A.; Brus, J. Efficient Interactive Tactile Maps: A Semi-Automated Workflow Using the TouchIt3D Technology and OpenStreetMap Data. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10, 505. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10080505

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Barvir R, Vondrakova A, Brus J. Efficient Interactive Tactile Maps: A Semi-Automated Workflow Using the TouchIt3D Technology and OpenStreetMap Data. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2021; 10(8):505. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10080505

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Barvir, Radek, Alena Vondrakova, and Jan Brus. 2021. "Efficient Interactive Tactile Maps: A Semi-Automated Workflow Using the TouchIt3D Technology and OpenStreetMap Data" ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 10, no. 8: 505. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10080505

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