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Great student maps from Project Map Creation, summer semester 2019

As in former semesters, we would like to showcase a selection of extraordinary student projects from this summer semester. The following maps are results from the class Project Map Creation.

La Isla del Coco by Jakob Listabarth
La Isla del Coco. A monochromatic exploration by Jakob Listabarth (png, 6.2mb)

SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental - Orientation and Navigation Map by Jenny Janssen
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental. An orientation and navigation map by Jenny Janssen (jpg, 3.3mb)

Churches on Gotlandsleden by Verena Klasen
Around Medieval Churches on Gotlandsleden by Verena Klasen (jpg, 2.1mb)

Ocean Plastic. A relief light map by Nikita Slavin
Ocean Plastic. A relief light map by Nikita Slavin (jpg, 3.3mb)

The Polar Fanzine by Danai Maria Kontou
The Polar Fanzine by Danai Maria Kontou (jpg, 2.6mb)

The Return of the European Beaver by Jonas Beinder
The Return of the European Beaver by Jonas Beinder (jpg, 2.2mb)

Sagenhafte Wachau - Eine Karte zum Ausmalen und Entdecken by Sophie Haselsteiner
Sagenhafte Wachau. Eine Karte zum Ausmalen und Entdecken by Sophie Haselsteiner (jpg, 2.0mb)

Kazakh Khanate (1465-1847) by Bibigul Zhunis
Kazakh Khanate (1465–1847) by Bibigul Zhunis (jpg, 4.9mb)

A huge thank you to all students for their hard work in this busy summer semester. Enjoy the summer!

Results from earlier semesters can be found here:
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | summer 2014 | winter 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Recent publications on Location Based Services

Location Based Services are a main research focus of the Research Division Cartography as our recent publications in the field show:

User-centred design for smartwatch-based pedestrian navigation

The characteristics of a smartwatch impose several challenges regardig the design of a pedestrian navigation aid. This paper illustrates how landmark-based pedestrian navigation systems for smartwatches can be developed, considering the small screen sizes as well as the very limited interaction capacities of these wrist-worn devices. Particularly, by the use of a user-centred design approach, an initial user interface was developed, tested, and refined in two field experiments to create a final user interface. A combination of map view and direction view was proposed, where the map view provides an overview of the environment and route, while the direction view gives clear instructions (turning information) for decision points. The interface was further enhanced by the use of vibrations before decision points. In addition, landmarks were carefully considered and incorporated into both map view and direction view. The field experiments showed that these key features of the revised interface can effectively support pedestrian navigation via smartwatches.

from: Applying user-centred design for smartwatch-based pedestrian navigation system. Martin Perebner, Haosheng Huang & Georg Gartner, Journal of Location Based Services, DOI: 10.1080/17489725.2019.1610582

A research agenda for Location based services

We are now living in a mobile information era, which is fundamentally changing science and society. Location Based Services (LBS), which deliver information depending on the location of the (mobile) device and user, play a key role in this mobile information era. This article first reviews the ongoing evolution and research trends of the scientific field of LBS in the past years. To motivate further LBS research and stimulate collective efforts, this article then presents a series of key research challenges that are essential to advance the development of LBS, setting a research agenda for LBS to ‘positively’ shape the future of our mobile information society. These research challenges cover issues related to the core of LBS development (e.g. positioning, modelling, and communication), evaluation, and analysis of LBS-generated data, as well as social, ethical, and behavioural issues that rise as LBS enter into people’s daily lives.

from: Location based services: ongoing evolution and research agenda. Haosheng Huang, Georg Gartner, Jukka M. Krisp, Martin Raubal & Nico Van de Weghe, Journal of Location Based Services, 12:2, 63-93, DOI: 10.1080/17489725.2018.1508763

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