The amount of geographical data on web is on the rise. While this growth opens new paths for designers and developers to form new geographical visualizations, it also creates new design and visualization research questions.
Some of the questions we focus in this research project are:
How could we define a user oriented approach in data visualization in order to specify user needs, construct an information architecture, design interface and visualization?
What are the user driven information requirements and design implications for citizens to interact with urban data about events in a city?
How could we visualize geographical data to support everyday decision making?
As an effort to answer these research questions, we examine how user-centered design methods can contribute creating new tools for casual exploration of geodata, by designing a data-intensive geovisualization about urban social events.
Here is our latest version of the working prototype (WIP): http://civar.co/grid
Feedback is welcome. Contact us to learn more or to participate.