Creating a usable web GIS for non-expert users: Identifying usability guidelines and implementing these in design
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are a set of tools for users to present, explore and analyze geographical data. Most of the users are considered professionals in using a GIS in their work domain. With GIS becoming more and more available on the internet, known as web GIS, the number of potential non-expert users also grows. Usability issues arise when the user is not in focus during the development of a web GIS. This study consists of two parts. Using a literature review I have categorized a number of usability issues from earlier research into two main groups which act as guidelines for the second part of this study. These guidelines were applied in a user centered design process consisting of contextual inquiries, semi structured interviews and observations, which focused on getting to learn about the user and their tasks. These methods were part of a case study conducted within a citizen science project, where people voluntarily report observations about species. Based on these results, different design hypotheses were created and evaluated through conducting iterative tests which resulted in a final design hypothesis.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 38 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-297832OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-297832DiVA: diva2:943668
Master Programme in Human-Computer Interaction
Skarp, Liselott Sjöden