Navigation strategies in the cityscape/datascape

Wolff, Annika and Mulholland, Paul (2015). Navigation strategies in the cityscape/datascape. In: Adjunct Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ACM, New York, pp. 1143–1151.




The work described in this paper focuses on how to reveal culturally-related data to city tourists to help them in navigating both the physical space through which they are moving (the cityscape) and a conceptual space around points of interest which links them through shared stories of time, place, people and theme (the datascape). The research goal is to discover to what extent navigational strategies in a conceptual space should be reflected in a physical space, or vice versa. This paper describes preliminary analysis of results from two studies. These studies suggest that tourists have a strong preference for visiting places in order of ‘closest next’. However, tourists also want to understand how places are conceptually related. Providing this type of information may assist tourists in their informal learning from a city visit.

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