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Understanding Spatial Data Usability

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Gary J Hunter ,

Department of Geomatics, University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia, AU
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Monica Wachowicz,

Centre for Geo-Information, Wageningen UR, PO Box 339, 6700 AH Wageningen, The Netherlands, NL
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Arnold K Bregt

Centre for Geo-Information, Wageningen UR, PO Box 339, 6700 AH Wageningen, The Netherlands, NL
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Abstract

In recent geographical information science literature, a number of researchers have made passing reference to an apparently new characteristic of spatial data known as 'usability'. While this attribute is well-known to professionals engaged in software engineering and computer interface design and testing, extension of the concept to embrace information would seem to be a new development. Furthermore, while notions such as the use and value of spatial information, and the diffusion of spatial information systems, have been the subject of research since the late-1980s, the current references to usability clearly represent something which extends well beyond that initial research. Accordingly, the purposes of this paper are: (1) to understand what is meant by spatial data usability; (2) to identify the elements that might comprise usability; and (3) to consider what the related research questions might be.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.2481/dsj.2.79
How to Cite: Hunter, G.J., Wachowicz, M. & Bregt, A.K., (2003). Understanding Spatial Data Usability. Data Science Journal. 2, pp.79–89. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2481/dsj.2.79
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Published on 26 Feb 2003.
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