OGITO, an Open Geospatial Interactive Tool to support collaborative spatial planning with a maptable

R. Aguilar*, Luis Calisto, J. Flacke, A. Akbar, K. Pfeffer

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Maptables are increasingly used to support collaborative spatial planning processes. Despite the proven benefits and claimed potential of using a maptable in such processes, software applications specifically designed for this device are still scarce. Moreover, often-used applications do not fully exploit the touch functionality of a maptable, or have low usability. To address this gap, we developed and evaluated the Open Geospatial Interactive TOol (OGITO), an open-source software application designed to support collaborative spatial planning processes with a maptable. To develop such tool, we combined human-centred design and Agile software development principles in a co-design effort with intended users and stakeholders. Through iterative development cycles and feedback from users, OGITO was evolved until it satisfied user expectations. In a case study on community mapping in Sumatra, Indonesia, a sample of users evaluated OGITO's usability. Case study participants reported high satisfaction with this tool for the tasks and context given. Our research shows the added value of iterative development and user feedback for improving and further development of the tool's usability and functionality.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101591
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalComputers, environment and urban systems
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021


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