Enabling collaborative GeoVisual analytics: Systems, techniques, and research challenges

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Collaboration across disciplines is recognized as one of the great
challenges for research in visual analysis of geographic information (GeoVisual Analytics, GVA). Considering the increasing availability of geodata and the complexity of analytical problems, the need to advance the support for collaborative work is becoming more pressing and prominent. This article contributes to this objective by reviewing the state‐of‐the‐art of the support for collaborative work in GVA systems and by identifying research challenges and proposing strategies to address them. We conducted a systematic review, resulting in the identification of 13 collaborative systems, 6 distinct collaborative
techniques, and 3 research challenges. We conclude that GVA is
moving toward more effective support of multidisciplinary and
cross‐domain collaborative analysis. However, to materialize
this potential, research is needed to improve the support for hybrid collaborative scenarios, cross‐device collaboration, and
support for time‐critical and long‐term analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)640-663
Number of pages24
JournalTransactions in GIS
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2018




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