Cubes, shadows and comic strips - a.k.a. interfaces, metaphors and maps?
This paper explores the scope of three specific geovisualisation ideas. a) The Tangible Augmented Street Map (TASM): the use of a paper cube as a tangible augmented reality (AR) interface to a “book” of digital street maps. b) A Shadow Metaphor for Multi-temporal viewsheds: the use of differing transparencies to convey the consecutive viewsheds of points along a route. c) “Cartoography”: regarding the map as a caricature or cartoon of real world features; how far can we take this analogy? The map as comic strip is explored here. These potential areas of research encompass much of the current geovisualisation agenda, as introduced by MacEachren and Kraak (2001). These include interfaces (augmented reality), cognition (use of metaphors, and the assessment of interfaces) and representation (maps as caricatures, viewsheds).
Conference: 16th Annual Colloquium of the Spatial Information Research Centre (SIRC 2004: A Spatio-temporal Workshop), Dunedin, New Zealand
Keywords: geovisualisation; tangible augmented reality; street maps; viewsheds; caricature; generalisation
Research Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)