Developing and Evaluating a Geographic Information Dashboard

Authors: Amariah Fischer*, Kansas State University
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Geography Education, Land Use
Keywords: information dashboard, geographic visualization, spatial thinking
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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As technology advances and new geographic visualizations continue to be developed, it is important for these visualizations to be evaluated for their effectiveness. This research uses experimental testing to evaluate a new geographic visualization called a geographic information dashboard (GID). A GID pulls together information from multiple sources and presents that information on a single screen to provide an integrated, comprehensive visualization. By comparing the GID to a non-integrative, tab-based visualization, the advantages of a GID visualization can be determined. The experiment uses differences in presentation, spatial thinking abilities, and cognitive processes to understand how the GID may improve the speed and accuracy of information interpretation. The results of the experiment show that the GID allows participants to answer questions about the information presented more quickly and with a higher degree of accuracy, but overall performance was still heavily influenced by the spatial thinking abilities of individual participants.

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