User-centered design of mobile geo-applications

C.P.J.M. Van Elzakker*, Ioannis Delikostidis

*Corresponding author for this work

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One purpose of this chapter is to inform about the geographic aspects that make mobile geo-applications different from other mobile software applications: (1) positioning techniques (like GPS) with which mobile devices may be localized in geographic space; (2) access to additional geographic attribute data; and (3) the representation of geographic information by means of maps on the display screen of the mobile device. Another objective of this chapter is to highlight the relevance of use and user (and not just usability) research in system and mobile software engineering and to describe the application of various research methods and techniques in a user-centered design approach. The characteristics of a mobile geo-application and the implementation of a user-centered design approach are illustrated by means of a research case study aiming at the development of more usable navigation systems for pedestrians.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoftware Design and Development
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781466643024
ISBN (Print)1466643013, 9781466643017
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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