Symposium on Mobile Graphics and Interactive Applications

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Mobile map applications and the democratisation of hazard information
Tuesday, 03 November
15:45 - 18:00
Kobe Int’l Conference Center, Room 401, Level 4

Mobile map applications and the democratisation of hazard information

The geospatial web — exemplified by the popularity of Google Maps — has democratised the accessibility of geospatial data that was previously available only to those with expertise in GIS (Geographic information systems). This increased accessibility has resulted in critical information — such as the location of bushfires in Australia — being made more accessible to communities vulnerable to such risks. This paper reports on the findings of a research project in Australia that aimed to present near real-time bushfire information in an interface that community-based users found intuitive and easy to use. It also describes the early prototype stages of an iPhone application that aims to demonstrate how Japanese natural hazard data can be presented in a more intuitive way. The work described here is intended to encourage organisations and individuals presenting spatial hazard information to non-expert users to consider the needs, abilities and concerns of their intended audience. It also describes the technologies and processes used in the design and development of the MyFireWatch and Mapping Hazards in Japan applications.


Paul Haimes , Tokyo Metropolitan University Graduate School of System Design

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