Towards an Understanding of Geovisualization with Dynamic Displays: Issues and Prospects

Sara Irina Fabrikant

This paper explores research issues and methods for experimentally assessing the effectiveness of interactive and dynamic geographic visualization displays for knowledge discovery and knowledge construction. Based on a research framework from cognitive science, and utilizing the eye-movement data collection approach, a series of controlled animation experiments are proposed. These empirical studies adhere to experimental design standards in cognitive psychology, but are additionally grounded on a solid dynamic design framework borrowed from cartography, computer graphics and cinematography, to investigate how different dynamic visual variables, and various levels of interactivity affect people’s knowledge construction processes from dynamic displays as compared to static displays.

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