DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B23/S11.129


J. Merickova, Scott Bell, Jakub Vilser
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-12-4 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 2, Vol. 3, 1023-1030 pp

This paper is the result of a project that examines the potential of web mapping services for military pilots. Military pilots (and perhaps pilots more generally) are special users who can benefit from dynamic mapping. The authors´ research is of a user and user centered design of web mapping services. While Geographic Information Systems (GIS) represent a step forward in cartography, users and user issues become increasingly important when such systems are dynamic and/or deployed in a setting where time and space are constrained. We focus here on identifying the limit at which the value-added of online and dynamic mapping exceeds to costs in time and attention. Several methods related to users and usability problems are applied. The goal is to identify the most appropriate function for web mapping service for the Czech pilots, which are the target users. The pilots of the Czech Air Force (CZAF) are already familiar with digital maps. In this paper, two techniques employed for understanding the needs of the target group are employed: the first method is quantitative research on 64 CZAF pilots and their map use; after evaluating these results, the qualitative research followed.

Keywords: web map services, user centered design, user requirements, digital maps, pilots.

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