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Towards an Integrated Web-based Visualization Tool: A Comparative Survey of Visualization Techniques for Enhancing Stakeholders’ Participation in Planning
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Geoinformatik och Geodesi.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8557-9469
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Geoinformatik och Geodesi. (Geoinformatics)
2011 (English)In: Proceedings of SIGRAD 2011: Evaluations of Graphics and Visualization — Efficiency, Usefulness, Accessibility, Usability. November 17–18, 2011 KTH, Stockholm, Sweden / [ed] Thomas Larsson, Lars Kjelldahl & Kai-Mikael Jää-Aro, Linköping University Electronic Press, 2011, 61-68 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Digital visualization tools are widely used in planning nowadays around the world by various contributors to the field and in different planning scales. Visualization facilitates perception of underlying thoughts and objectives of planning alternatives and consequently assists with communication of the plan to different stakeholders. This, in turn, enables them to actively and efficiently participate in the procedure from the very initial stages to the implementation phase thanks to the insight provided by user-friendly visualization tools. Available visualization tools for planning, however, are either not integrated and efficient enough or too resource- or expertise-demanding and thus not entirely fulfilling the qualities mentioned above. This study is a search for a conceptual framework for an integrated web-based visualization tool. Web-accessibility diminishes temporal and spatial distance among the users and planning agents and provides the possibility for more participation in and interaction with planning projects. Within this study, major characteristics of an integrated tool have been investigated through literature, online resources, contacts with experts and practitioners, a survey over off-the-shelf products and comparative analysis of the outcomes. An evaluation cube was initially developed and used as the basis for provision of a set of dual criteria. A selection of visualization tools were examined against those criteria and results were demonstrated visually. Eventually, findings were used to provide a back-casted example of the integrated tool.

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Linköping University Electronic Press, 2011. 61-68 p.
, Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings, 65
Keyword [en]
visualization, participatory planning, web-based, CAD, GIS, urban planning
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Environmental Management Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-88052OAI: diva2:502085
SIGRAD2011, November 17–18, 2011 KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
Qc 20120229Available from: 2012-02-29 Created: 2012-02-14 Last updated: 2012-02-29Bibliographically approved

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