Exploring Shifting Densities through a Movement-based Cartographic Interface (Short Paper)

Authors Aline Menin, Sonia Chardonnel, Paule-Annick Davoine, Luciana Nedel

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Aline Menin
  • Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Grenoble INP (Institute of Engineering Univ. Grenoble Alpes), LIG, 38000 Grenoble, France
Sonia Chardonnel
  • Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Science Po Grenoble (School of Political Studies Univ. Grenoble Alpes), PACTE, 38000 Grenoble, France
Paule-Annick Davoine
  • Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Grenoble INP (Institute of Engineering Univ. Grenoble Alpes), LIG, 38000 Grenoble, France and Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Science Po Grenoble (School of Political Studies Univ. Grenoble Alpes), PACTE, 38000 Grenoble, France
Luciana Nedel
  • Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Institute of Informatics, Porto Alegre, Brazil

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Aline Menin, Sonia Chardonnel, Paule-Annick Davoine, and Luciana Nedel. Exploring Shifting Densities through a Movement-based Cartographic Interface (Short Paper). In 10th International Conference on Geographic Information Science (GIScience 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 114, pp. 48:1-48:6, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)


Animated maps are widely used for representing shifting densities. Though there is evidence that animations can provide better memory recall than static charts, it could be a consequence of using better techniques for animation than for static representations. However, the lack of control makes them frustrating for users, while animated choropleth maps can cause change blindness. In this paper, we propose an interactive animation technique which employs the lenticular printing metaphor and benefits from the user's proprioceptive sense to explore density changes over time. We hypothesized that using a tangible interface based on the body movement would improve memory recall and, consequently, animated map reading.

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  • Human-centered computing → User interface design
  • Human-centered computing → Visualization
  • Human-centered computing → Geographic visualization
  • Human-centered computing → Gestural input
  • Human-centered computing → Mobile computing
  • proprioceptive interaction
  • lenticular technique
  • shifting densities
  • tangible interfaces
  • mobility analysis


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