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Evaluation of the Cartographical Quality of Urban Plans by Eye-Tracking

Burian, Jaroslav, Popelka, Stanislav, Beitlova, Marketa
ISPRS international journal of geo-information 2018 v.7 no.5
cities, decision making, experts, statistical analysis, students, urban planning, Czech Republic
This paper describes a study of the evaluation of cartographic quality of urban plans in the Czech Republic using eye-tracking. Although map visualization is a crucial part of the urban planning process, only a few studies have focused on the evaluation of these maps. The plans of four Czech cities with different styles of visualization and legends were used in this eye-tracking experiment. Respondents were required to solve spatial tasks consisting of finding and marking a certain symbol on a map. Statistical analyses of various eye-tracking metrics were used, and the differences between experts and students and between the map and legend sections of the stimuli were explored. The study results showed that the quality of map symbols and the map legend significantly influence the legibility and understandability of urban plans. For correct decision-making, it is essential to produce maps according to certain standards, to make them as clear as possible, and to perform usability testing on them.