Special Issue "Human-Centered Geovisual Analytics and Visuospatial Display Design"

A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Arzu Coltekin

Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland
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Interests: geovisualization; visual analytics; virtual reality; vision; visualization; human computer interaction; design; spatio-temporal analysis
Guest Editor
Dr. Sidonie Christophe

Co-Chair of ISPRS WG IV/9: Geovisualization, Augmented and Virtual Reality and Co-Chair of International Cartographic Association Commission on Cognitive VisualizationThe COGIT Laboratory, IGN the French National Mapping Agency, PEMLV 73 av. de Paris, 94160 Saint-Mande, France
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Interests: geovisualization; geovisual analytics; GIScience
Guest Editor
Dr. Anthony Robinson

Co-Chair of International Cartographic Association Commission on Visual Analytics Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University, 318 Walker Building, University Park, PA, 16802, USA
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Interests: user-centered design; geovisual analytics; cartography
Guest Editor
Dr. Urška Demšar

Co-Chair of International Cartographic Association Commission on Visual Analytics School of Geography & Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews, Irvine Building, North Street, St Andrews KY16 9AL, Fife, UK
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Interests: geovisual analytics; movement analytics; GIScience

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The special issue is organised by the ISPRS’ Working Group on Geovisualization, Augmented and Virtual Reality and ICA’s Commission on Visual Analytics.

Overview

This Special Issue seeks papers, broadly, on geovisual analytics and visuospatial display design with human-centered approaches.

Human abilities, limitations and attitudes are defining factors for adaptation of technological solutions, such as visuospatial displays used in geovisual analytics software environments. Human-centered issues (and associated solutions) can be complex to understand, model, and, importantly, generalize from individual experiments. Therefore, it is important that we continue asking new questions, or answer the old questions again with fresh perspectives to advance and solidify our knowledge. In addition to fundamental knowledge, technical solutions that are informed by fundamental knowledge (e.g., on the perceptual and cognitive factors) are still rare, even though it is understood that they could benefit users.

With this Special Issue, we intend to create a compendium of state-of-the-art knowledge on human-centered approaches to creating and using geovisual analytics environments; and the design of the visuospatial displays that are of core importance in visual analytics processes. We welcome contributions that feature technical solutions informed by human-centered user research; experimental studies demonstrating new knowledge in human visuospatial information processing, spatial perception and cognition, and studies focusing on usability engineering. Furthermore, we welcome literature reviews and theoretical papers that consolidates knowledge on any of the listed topics, or topics related to the scope of the Special Issue.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • User-centered techniques for representing and interacting with big spatial data
  • Usability and utility evaluation of geovisual analytics
  • Cognitive studies of geovisualization
  • Personalization and customization of visuospatial displays
  • Ageing and visuospatial displays
  • Perceptually informed design principles for geovisual displays
  • Design and evaluation of virtual environments and augmented reality approaches for geovisualization
  • What about time? User-centered visual analytics for spatio-temporal data
  • Geovisual analytical solutions for movement and dynamic phenomena
  • Geovisual analytical solutions for environment and climate change
  • Geovisual analytics solutions for sustainability (from local to global scales)

Important Dates

  • An expression of interest with an approximately 200-word abstract should be sent to the editorial team at the email address [email protected] prior to submission. Please also mention if you will need a discount or waiver on the open access fees. If your institution has funds for open access publications, please consider that others might not, before asking for the waiver or discount.
  • Deadline for full paper submissions: 15 November 2018

Dr. Arzu Çöltekin
Dr. Sidonie Christophe
Dr. Anthony Robinson
Dr. Urška Demšar
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Geovisual analytics
  • Geovisualization
  • Visuospatial displays
  • Perception
  • Cognition
  • Usability

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Analyzing Newspaper Maps for Earthquake News through Cartographic Approach
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2019, 8(5), 235; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi8050235
Received: 14 November 2018 / Revised: 10 April 2019 / Accepted: 5 May 2019 / Published: 21 May 2019
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This study focuses on newspaper maps, which have an important role in conveying spatial information to newspaper readers. Maps and map-like items in the main Turkish newspapers within a certain period were evaluated in regard to the scope of the study. A database [...] Read more.
This study focuses on newspaper maps, which have an important role in conveying spatial information to newspaper readers. Maps and map-like items in the main Turkish newspapers within a certain period were evaluated in regard to the scope of the study. A database was constructed to organize the collected data and conduct the analysis. In addition to cartographic and thematic analyses, the database allows “georeferencing” to be conducted as well. However, the current study focused on the cartographic and thematic properties of these maps. Their deficiencies were identified from a cartographic perspective and with that, the parts of newspapers that maps are mostly included in were investigated, and we aimed to identify the topics and events that increase map usage in newspapers. For this purpose, maps of earthquake-related news were evaluated as a case study to show some spatial and thematic determinations. Thus, the contribution of newspapers to spatial thinking abilities and geographic knowledge of the readers was evaluated by cartographers. The study proves the importance of cartography in spreading knowledge through maps in newspapers. This opens up new possibilities for future studies to develop a different cartographic perspective on map usage and improve the geographic knowledge of newspaper readers. Full article
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Why Shape Matters—On the Inherent Qualities of Geometric Shapes for Cartographic Representations
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2019, 8(5), 217; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi8050217
Received: 15 November 2018 / Revised: 23 April 2019 / Accepted: 2 May 2019 / Published: 8 May 2019
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All human communication involves the use of signs. By following a mutually shared set of signs and rules, meaning can be conveyed from one entity to another. Cartographic semiology provides such a theoretical framework, suggesting how to apply visual variables with respect to [...] Read more.
All human communication involves the use of signs. By following a mutually shared set of signs and rules, meaning can be conveyed from one entity to another. Cartographic semiology provides such a theoretical framework, suggesting how to apply visual variables with respect to thematic content. However, semiotics does not address how the choice and composition of such visual variables may lead to different connotations, interpretations, or judgments. The research herein aimed to identify perceived similarities between geometric shape symbols as well as strategies and processes underlying these similarity judgments. Based on a user study with 38 participants, the (dis)similarities of a set of 12 basic geometric shapes (e.g., circle, triangle, square) were examined. Findings from cluster analysis revealed a three-cluster configuration, while multidimensional scaling further quantified the proximities between the geometric shapes in a two-dimensional space. Qualitative and quantitative content analyses identified four strategies underlying the participants’ similarity judgments, namely visual, affective, associative, and behavioral strategies. With the findings combined, this research provides a differentiated perspective on shape proximities, cognitive relations, and the processes involved. Full article
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GeoAnnotator: A Collaborative Semi-Automatic Platform for Constructing Geo-Annotated Text Corpora
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2019, 8(4), 161; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi8040161
Received: 29 November 2018 / Revised: 11 February 2019 / Accepted: 15 March 2019 / Published: 27 March 2019
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Ground-truth datasets are essential for the training and evaluation of any automated algorithm. As such, gold-standard annotated corpora underlie most advances in natural language processing (NLP). However, only a few relatively small (geo-)annotated datasets are available for geoparsing, i.e., the automatic recognition and [...] Read more.
Ground-truth datasets are essential for the training and evaluation of any automated algorithm. As such, gold-standard annotated corpora underlie most advances in natural language processing (NLP). However, only a few relatively small (geo-)annotated datasets are available for geoparsing, i.e., the automatic recognition and geolocation of place references in unstructured text. The creation of geoparsing corpora that include both the recognition of place names in text and matching of those names to toponyms in a geographic gazetteer (a process we call geo-annotation), is a laborious, time-consuming and expensive task. The field lacks efficient geo-annotation tools to support corpus building and lacks design guidelines for the development of such tools. Here, we present the iterative design of GeoAnnotator, a web-based, semi-automatic and collaborative visual analytics platform for geo-annotation. GeoAnnotator facilitates collaborative, multi-annotator creation of large corpora of geo-annotated text by generating computationally-generated pre-annotations that can be improved by human-annotator users. The resulting corpora can be used in improving and benchmarking geoparsing algorithms as well as various other spatial language-related methods. Further, the iterative design process and the resulting design decisions can be used in annotation platforms tailored for other application domains of NLP. Full article
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Studying Social Uses of 3D Geovisualizations: Lessons Learned from Action-Research Projects in the Field of Flood Mitigation Planning
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2019, 8(2), 84; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi8020084
Received: 15 November 2018 / Revised: 21 January 2019 / Accepted: 11 February 2019 / Published: 14 February 2019
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Risk management seeks more and more the mobilization of all citizens, including elected representatives and inhabitants. Three-dimensional (3D) geovisualizations have been used between 2009 and 2017 in order to associate citizens to flood mitigation policies along the river Rhône. We focused our studies [...] Read more.
Risk management seeks more and more the mobilization of all citizens, including elected representatives and inhabitants. Three-dimensional (3D) geovisualizations have been used between 2009 and 2017 in order to associate citizens to flood mitigation policies along the river Rhône. We focused our studies on the effects 3D geovisualizations can have on the communication and understanding of information and their ability to foster exchanges between heterogeneous actors as well as participation of the grand public to planning processes. Facing both discrepancies in scientific studies of the uses of 3D geovisualizations and a lack of validated theoretical elements, we resorted to an exploratory method based on grounded theory and ethnographic observation in order to produce empirical knowledge on the uses of 3D geovisualizations in collective settings, including heterogeneous actors (risk managers, elected representatives, citizens). Observation showed that 3D geovisualizations can be useful for the dissemination of information about flood risk. Many observed effects were not anticipated during the production of 3D geovisualizations. Qualitative analysis of empirical data through actor–network theory and from a communication studies perspective shed light on some factors influencing the roles of 3D geovisualizations and help put into perspective existing and sometimes contradictory scientific works on 3D geovisualizations’ uses. Full article
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3D Landform Modeling to Enhance Geospatial Thinking
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2019, 8(2), 65; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi8020065
Received: 23 October 2018 / Revised: 17 January 2019 / Accepted: 27 January 2019 / Published: 29 January 2019
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Geospatial thinking is essential to the visualization–interpretation processes of three-dimensional geographic information. The design of strategies for the interpretation of the Earth’s surface which allow the development of students’ geospatial thinking poses a challenge in higher education. In geospatial education, we often see [...] Read more.
Geospatial thinking is essential to the visualization–interpretation processes of three-dimensional geographic information. The design of strategies for the interpretation of the Earth’s surface which allow the development of students’ geospatial thinking poses a challenge in higher education. In geospatial education, we often see a practical approach where students are trained in specific GIS and/or geotechnologies. However, in the first stages of geospatial education, geographic literacy and geospatial thinking processes can be supported better through easy-to-use technologies. In this paper we show the results of two workshops performed with engineering students using visuospatial displays in an easy-to-use 3D software environment. This teaching approach improved students’ geospatial thinking, measured using the Topographic Map Assessment (TMA) test—a battery of seven tasks related to relief interpretation along with 18 exercises. Participants also completed a questionnaire relating to the following usability topics: operation (application), improvement, implications for education, and understanding of the concepts related to relief interpretation. The results showed mean gains between 10.7% and 12.6% of the highest score for the TMA. This, together with the results of the questionnaire, confirms the usefulness of this teaching approach using easy-to-use 3D technologies for developing geospatial thinking. Full article
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