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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7(5), 192;

Evaluation of the Cartographical Quality of Urban Plans by Eye-Tracking

Department of Geoinformatics, Palacký University in Olomouc, 17. listopadu 12, 779 00 Olomouc, Czech Republic
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Received: 19 March 2018 / Revised: 2 May 2018 / Accepted: 16 May 2018 / Published: 17 May 2018
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This paper describes a study of the evaluation of cartographic quality of urban plans in the Czech Republic using eye-tracking. Although map visualization is a crucial part of the urban planning process, only a few studies have focused on the evaluation of these maps. The plans of four Czech cities with different styles of visualization and legends were used in this eye-tracking experiment. Respondents were required to solve spatial tasks consisting of finding and marking a certain symbol on a map. Statistical analyses of various eye-tracking metrics were used, and the differences between experts and students and between the map and legend sections of the stimuli were explored. The study results showed that the quality of map symbols and the map legend significantly influence the legibility and understandability of urban plans. For correct decision-making, it is essential to produce maps according to certain standards, to make them as clear as possible, and to perform usability testing on them. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban planning; cartography; evaluation; urban plan; master plan; eye-tracking urban planning; cartography; evaluation; urban plan; master plan; eye-tracking

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Burian, J.; Popelka, S.; Beitlova, M. Evaluation of the Cartographical Quality of Urban Plans by Eye-Tracking. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7, 192.

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