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Creating a usable atlas
Nyerges, T.; Belpaeme, K.; Haddad, T.; Hart, D. (2011). Creating a usable atlas, in: Wright, D.J. et al. (Ed.) Coastal informatics: web atlas design and implementation. pp. 256-266
In: Wright, D.J. et al. (Ed.) (2011). Coastal informatics: web atlas design and implementation. Information Science Reference: Hershey. ISBN 978-1-61520-815-9. 321 pp., more

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Keywords
    Atlases; Coastal zone management; Marine

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  • Nyerges, T.
  • Belpaeme, K., more
  • Haddad, T.
  • Hart, D.

Abstract
    Knowing user audiences for coastal web atlases is important for designing atlas capabilities that address different user skill levels. This chapter presents guidelines about how to better understand coastal web atlas users, how to undertake user-centered design and development, and how to avoid major pitfalls with web interfaces. User groups are formed based upon understanding user characteristics. User-centered design for different user groups can take advantage of a logic model; that is, a series of steps for scoping, designing, implementing and testing the capabilities. The end result of design and implementation should be a usable system, thus software usability is an important goal. Regardless of how well designers know users, web interface pitfalls inevitably arise during the development process, some of which are discussed based on personal experience of the chapter authors.

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