Social Event Based Geographical Information System

The amount of volunteered geographic information is on the rise through geo-tagged data on social media. While this growth opens new paths for designers and developers to form new geographical visualizations and interactive geographic tools, it also engenders new design and visualization problems. We now can turn any kind of data into daily useful information to be used during our daily lives.

The main purpose of this project is to examine new ways of assisting the process of exploring, understanding and decision making about social events in the city, by designing an interactive spatio-temporal tool. Our aim is to understand how different types of urban data related to social events can form legible interactive maps. Meanwhile, we question how maps can visually bring different types of information layers together in the context of urban social events.

Keywords: Geographical Information Visualization, Volunteered Geographical Information, event-maps, spatio-temporal data, interaction, visualization, design ethnography
Team: Damla Çay, Sinem Şemsioğlu, Semra Gülce Turan, Asım Evren Yantaç, Hüseyin Kuşçu
Contributors: Özge Genç, Beste Özdeşlik, Öykü Çetin, Ayşe Özer, Eren Güleç, Zeynep Dilmin Güden, İdil Bostan, Yağmur Akın Karaköz, Cansu Sayıcı, Esmanur Bayar, Aylin Oral, Nice Uysal, Çağla Yılankaya, Esra Ayhan
Publishing: Genç, Ö., Çay, D., & Yantaç, A. E. (2015). Participatory Explorations on a Location Based Urban Information System. In Design, User Experience, and Usability: Interactive Experience Design (pp. 357-367). Springer International Publishing.

Çay, D., & Yantaç, A. E. (2016, July). Learning from the Users for Spatio-Temporal Data Visualization Explorations on Social Events. In International Conference of Design, User Experience, and Usability (pp. 124-135). Springer International Publishing.
ISO 690

User Research 90%
Ideation 85%
Prototyping 40%


1. Preliminary Research

During the first week of the program, in order to get to know each other, you will be expected to make a brief introductory presentation including your background and the studies you’ve done so far. We will present our studies and our work environment as well.

task 1: Spatio-Temporal Data Visualization Literature Review

In this task, we will introduce you to our archive of works in the field. And you are expected to find new works from both literature and the field and expand our archive. You are also encouraged to improve our archiving method.

2. Ideation & Design

task 1: Spatio-temporal Visualization Design

task 2: User Interface Design

3. Prototype

task 1: Prototyping for Web Environments

Now we are at the point, where we are collecting data from various sources by using their API’s, and we started implementing the interface and map visualization that we designed, into the website. So, the most instrumental skills would be, front end development skills. We are mainly using HTML and JavaScript, we occasionally use third party libraries for some components and Google Maps API.
task 2: Prototyping for Mobile Environments
If you have IOS and/or Android development skills, you can work on mobile applications of the project.

4. User Study

task 1: Proof of Concept Evaluation

task 2: Eye-tracking with Retro-Thinking Aloud

task 3: Longitudinal User Study with Diary




Our first prototype is in design and development process. We are collaborating with Sinem Şemsioğlu, Gülce Turan and Hüseyin Kuşçu for development.


After our animated map evaluation workshop, we have submitted a paper about the results to NordiCHI 2016.


We designed animated maps through the design insights from our previous study. Some screenshots are below.