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A visualization-enhanced graphical user interface for geospatial resource discovery

Zhipeng Gui, Chaowei Yang, Jizhe Xia, Jing Li, Abdelmounaam Rezgui, Min Sun, Yan Xu, and Daniel Fay


Information visualization and user interaction play critical roles in geospatial resource discovery processes. Well-designed graphical user interfaces improve user experience and also help convey important information to assist decision-making. Existing approaches have visualization problems that impact the efficiency of geospatial resource discovery including (1) search portals lack intuitive and diverse information visualization methods to present search results; (2) functions to sort, filter, explore and analyse search results are inadequate and inefficient and (3) value-added information to help users make selection is missing. To address these problems, we propose a visualization- and interaction-enhanced discovery workflow. We use the latest Rich Internet Application (RIA) technologies from Microsoft to implement the proposed methods for our search portal – GeoSearch. Specifically, (1) based on the Pivot Viewer, a multiple sorting, filtering and multi-level-zoom-enabled histogram clustering function is implemented to assist in records exploration. (2) A Bing Maps Viewer is built upon the Bing Maps Control to show geo-location (e.g. BoundingBox and server location) of resources and conduct map-based interactions. (3) Multiple data visualization tools are integrated to provide data preview and animation functions. (4) A service quality vieweris developed to help users select resources based on non-functional properties. Results show that the proposed visualization and interaction technologies improve user experience and can help users obtain required geospatial resources effectively and efficiently.


Publication typeArticle
Published inAnnals of GIS
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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