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Title: Informing Online and Mobile Map Design with the Collective Wisdom of Cartographers
Authors: SCHOENING, Johannes 
Hecht, Brent
Kuhn, Werner
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: ACM
Source: Proceedings of The International Conference on Designing Interactive Systems DIS 2014, p. 754-774
Abstract: Despite the large and growing prominence of online and mobile maps, they have not been broadly and systematically examined with a lens informed by traditional cartography. Using an approach rooted in cartographic theory and a unique dataset of 382 publicly-displayed local maps, we identify the collective wisdom of hundreds of cartographers with respect to a number of cartographic design decisions. We compare our findings to the approaches taken in popular online and mobile map platforms and develop suggestions for incorporating the collective wisdom of cartographers into these systems. Our suggestions include the adoption of location-aware cartography, in which cartographic approaches are intelligently varied based on the type of location being viewed. We provide mockup designs of online and mobile maps that implement our suggestions and discuss means by which the surprising gap between online and mobile maps and traditional cartography may be bridged.
Keywords: mobile maps; online maps; cartography; geography; local maps; map design
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ISBN: 9781450329026
DOI: 10.1145/2598510.2598543
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Category: C1
Type: Proceedings Paper
Validations: vabb 2018
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