Using sound to represent positional accuracy of address locations

Bearman, Nick and Lovett, Andrew ORCID: (2010) Using sound to represent positional accuracy of address locations. Cartographic Journal, 47 (4). pp. 308-314. ISSN 1743-2774

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Uncertainty data are often ignored by spatial data users for reasons that include difficulty of representation and comprehension. This study evaluated the benefits of a sonification extension to ArcGIS which represented the positional accuracy of address locations using piano notes. The approach was assessed by 49 survey participants via a computer-based task and subsequent discussion. Two factors that influenced successful interpretation were the proportion of values requiring detection and the presentation method. Knowledge of the data source also appeared relevant. Future studies will examine applications to climate scenarios and visualisations of future landscapes, as well as other aspects of sound.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2011 11:08
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2023 17:31
DOI: 10.1179/000870410X12911302296833

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