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Usability engineering for GIS: learning from a screenshot

Haklay, M.; Zafiri, A.; (2008) Usability engineering for GIS: learning from a screenshot. The Cartographic Journal , 45 (2) pp. 87-97. 10.1179/174327708X305085. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper, the focus is on the concept of Usability Engineering for GIS – a set of techniques and methods that are especially suitable for evaluating the usability of GIS applications – which can be deployed as part of the development process. To demonstrate how the framework of Usability Engineering for GIS can be used in reality, a screenshot study is described. Users were asked to provide a screenshot of their GIS during their working day. The study shows how a simple technique can help in understanding the way GIS is used in situ.

Type: Article
Title: Usability engineering for GIS: learning from a screenshot
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1179/174327708X305085
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/174327708X305085
Language: English
Keywords: Usability engineering, human–computer interaction, GIS, snapshot study
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/7902
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