Improving interaction with virtual globes through spatial thinking: Helping users ask "Why?"

Johannes Schöming*, Martin Raubal, Meredith Marsh, Brent Hecht, Antonio Krüger, Michael Rohs

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

21 Scopus citations

Abstract

Virtual globes have progressed from little-known technology to broadly popular software in a mere few years. We investigated this phenomenon through a survey and discovered that, while virtual globes are en vogue, their use is restricted to a small set of tasks so simple that they do not involve any spatial thinking. Spatial thinking requires that users ask "what is where" and "why"; the most common virtual globe tasks only include the "what". Based on the results of this survey, we have developed a multi-touch virtual globe derived from an adapted virtual globe paradigm designed to widen the potential uses of the technology by helping its users to inquire about both the "what is where" and "why" of spatial distribution. We do not seek to provide users with full GIS (geographic information system) functionality, but rather we aim to facilitate the asking and answering of simple "why" questions about general topics that appeal to a wide virtual globe user base.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces 2008, IUI'08
Pages129-138
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 15 2008
Event13th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces 2008, IUI'08 - Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain
Duration: Jan 13 2008Jan 16 2008

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, Proceedings IUI

Other

Other13th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces 2008, IUI'08
CountrySpain
CityMaspalomas, Gran Canaria
Period1/13/081/16/08

Keywords

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Multi-touch interaction
  • Semantic relatedness
  • Spatial thinking
  • Virtual globes
  • Wall-size interfaces
  • Wikipedia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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