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Perception and management of spatial data

Posted by Debora De Freitas at January 19. 2007

How users from different application areas perceive the phenomena they deal with, and how their spatial information should be handled (Burrough & Frank 1994).


Re: Perception, representation and spatial data handling.

Posted by Debora De Freitas at February 01. 2007

Many believe that properties of maps such as scale, contents, and distribution of objects in the map may influence people's perception in interpretating spatial (or geographical) information.


Re: Perception, representation and spatial data handling.

Posted by Anonymous at March 22. 2007
Representation can be very important, but it is up to the user perception that is important. To the general public they like to see a pretty picture, and this is why Google Earth is so popular. Where as to a Scientist a GIS needs to be more than a "pretty picture" it needs to be intuitive and display the right information and in the right context. That is not to say that Globes such as Google Earth, ArcGIS Explorer, MS Virtual Earth and the like are not an important tool in a spatial context, if anything they are teaching the people of the world to think in a more "spatial" way.

I recall seeing a doco on TV where some guys walked around and where interviewing the general US public, they were getting them to put a flag with a country name on the country that they thought it was, and it was shocking to see that most had little or no clue where anything was........even states within their own country.

Anyway I think I have gone a little off topic, but I think it is important to cater for your audience.
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