The territory is the map : exploring the use of landmarks in situ to inform mobile guide design

Bidwell, Nicola J., and Axup, Jeff (2005) The territory is the map : exploring the use of landmarks in situ to inform mobile guide design. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 3585. pp. 899-913.

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People have difficulties interacting with external representations designed to guide navigating physical environments. We derive theory to inform design by probing users’ experience and use of their internal representations in a temporally evolving wayfinding activity in situ. Interactions with environmental landmarks are explored by analyzing spatial concepts in SMSs used by a group collaborating to wayfind to an unfamiliar rendezvous. Results show differences between landmarks provoking actions and contributing to abstract concepts; and, effects of direct or induced perspective in situ. Design recommendations account for orientation dependence and use of ambiguity in user-world-representation mappings. These include tactics to enable users’ to induce perspectives appropriately: with accuracy for recognising landmarks along routes and agility to situate landmark use in naturally evolving wayfinding goals.

Item ID: 440
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISBN: 3 540 28943 7
ISSN: 1611-3349
Keywords: human computer interaction; wayfinding; mobile guides; navigation; landmarks
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Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2006
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 0%
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