Exploring the use of a Virtual Map Shop as an interface for accessing geographical information

Cartwright, W 2006, 'Exploring the use of a Virtual Map Shop as an interface for accessing geographical information' in E. Stefanakis et al. (ed.) Geographic Hypermedia, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany, pp. 73-95.


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Title Exploring the use of a Virtual Map Shop as an interface for accessing geographical information
Author(s) Cartwright, W
Year 2006
Title of book Geographic Hypermedia
Publisher Springer-Verlag
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Editor(s) E. Stefanakis et al.
Start page 73
End page 95
Subjects Cartography
Geospatial Information Systems
Decision Support and Group Support Systems
Summary The need for designers to consider the wide range of user preferences and how they (the users) interact with contemporary map information packages is paramount when developing effective interfaces for information access, retrieval and use. It is argued that a suite of metaphors, allowing users to choose the most effective access method for their application makes for a more effective package. This chapter describes the theory of the Map Shop, which could be provisioned with maps, videos, books, guides, games and databases of facts and could provide expert tips. The Map Shop can be linked locally or internationally through the Internet and, more specifically, the World Wide Web. From the users' perspective the boundary between discrete and distributed multimedia would be transparent, presenting them with the most current and customised information possible. It also describes the use of the metaphor suite developed as part of the GeoExploratorium, a tool for the provision of geographic information in a manner that is complementary to the map metaphor. Finally, it describes the building of a prototype Virtual Map Shop, a discrete / World Wide Web tool for exploring its use as an innovative geographical information access (virtual) resource.
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Keyword(s) cartography
computer games
ISBN 9783540342380
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