Interactive maps and usability
Recent developments in harware- and software technology have led to new methods for utilising geospatial data. Besides the traditional paper maps, also interactive network-based map applications are used, as well as geospatial application on mobile devices in varying usage contexts. In parallel, the application developers have faced a new challenge, since the traditional map design and evaluation methods are no longer sufficient in taking into account to the new user groups, usage situations and devices. The goal of the project is to develop the evaluation and testing methods for the usability of interactive maps. Furthermore, answers are sought for defining how to design a usable interactive map, and how the user-centred design (UCD) methods can be applied in product development; both in static desktop environment and in maps on mobile devices.