How geoweb fossils become unusable

Once upon a time, Streetmap.co.uk was one of the most popular Web Mapping sites in the UK, competing successfully with the biggest rival at the time, Multimap. Moreover, it was ranked second in The Daily Telegraph list of leading mapping sites in October 2000 and described at 'Must be one of the most useful services on … Continue reading How geoweb fossils become unusable

Google Research Award – Identifying Learning Benefits of Google Earth Tours in Education

It is always nice to announce good news. Back in February, together with Richard Treves at the University of Southampton, I submitted an application to the Google’s Faculty Research Award program for a grant to investigate Google Earth Tours in education. We were successful in getting a grant worth $86,883 USD.  The project builds on … Continue reading Google Research Award – Identifying Learning Benefits of Google Earth Tours in Education

Some important questions about the usability of geospatial technologies

At the beginning of May, I gave a lecture at the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC) seminar titled 'Interacting with Geospatial Technologies - Overview and Research Challenges'. The talk was somewhat similar to the one that I gave at the BCS Geospatial SIG. However, I was trying to answer a question that I was asked during … Continue reading Some important questions about the usability of geospatial technologies

Maps are wonderful, but GIS are hard to use. What can we do about it?

These are the slides from the presentation that I gave to the BCS Geospatial SG. The talk abstract is: Here is a useful party trivia: as a form of human communication, maps pre-date text by thousands of years - some early spatial depictions are 25,000 years old, whereas writing emerged only 4000 years ago. When … Continue reading Maps are wonderful, but GIS are hard to use. What can we do about it?

Interacting with Geospatial Technologies – now available

Finally, after 2 years in the making, Interacting with Geospatial Technologies is out. It is the first textbook dedicated to usability and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) aspects of geographical information technologies. It covers desktop, Web and mobile applications and how they can be designed so they are more effective, efficient, error-free, easy to learn and enjoyable, which … Continue reading Interacting with Geospatial Technologies – now available