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Meeting #26 Usability testing

Posted by Kevin McDonagh Saturday, 18 August 2007- 6:15 pm
Continuing to find out how our map fares up against the real world we had the help of some reuse organizationally related peeps. They turned up specially to help us with a bit of usability testing. All our regular volunteers now wise in the ways of usability attempted to extract all elements which frustrated them about our current Glasgow Green mapping solution.




Everyone seems to be right in the swing of things now an usability testing is becoming a very productive process. The good news is that all of the previous issues from the previous two weeks weren't even touched upon because they are a usability dream.

So here are the results summed up of our tests:

User #1 Erin, 20's, Helper: Brendan



  • Go buttons can be merged into one

  • Bag picture should link to map while that page exists

  • move marker to postcode isn't understood well

  • users could confirm postcodes and details on map



User #2 Paul, 30's, Helper: Sara



  • Feels good about using map

  • needs more explanation

  • fix back button

  • make submit buttons bigger

  • more icons like DIY

  • Street search needed

  • Auto completion

  • Shop owners and finders distinction

  • Combine go buttons

  • entering postcode needs to be made clearer

  • home area for map?



User #3 Alex, 20's, Helpers: Kevin & Vichar



  • Easy to achieve common tasks

  • Good info coverage in details

  • Simple searches

  • more help with tasks to help suggest how to use the map

  • Needs an A-Z directory

  • Auto completion of streets in Glasgow

  • Is everything on there? Not sure of completion of info?

  • Back doesn't work

  • No feedback for last search



Woo! Lots of good feedback but what can we deduce from it fair green mappers? Well I'd say that we're definitely in need of describing the information on the map more. Everyone realises it's a map with resuable stuff on it but what does that mean to them? What is that going to do for their lives? We have to start putting them into the picture, help them visualize how to use the map. We've spoke in the past about breaking the map into three concepts: what is this?, give something and buy something. So these are going to be moved to the front of the map.

Also we need signaling of where users are searching, we need more feedback of what they are looking at with icons and maybe more visual feedback.

Wooo, go green mappers.

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Green Map Icon order

Posted by hclinch Wednesday, 15 August 2007- 8:46 pm
hi everyone!

We've been having great sessions on the icon updating over here, and had a breakthrough in how we think about organizing the set. We are now building a different kind of online tool to review them. We are aiming to open this to the public and Mapmaker comment in early September.

You'll be able to take part and see the final version of Green Map Icons, Version 3 take shape this fall, with the goal of completing all (yes!) by Dec 1 (font-making, posters, etc will follow). More news on this soon.

Kit Robinson of the Lake Washington - Cascadian Watershed Green Mao (in Washington State, US) has made a really cool interactive map of the Green Maps - it's 'fed' by the Map Profiles in the Greenhouse. We'll be linking it in soon, and hope your projects will show up on it! (so hint, hint! if you have yet to re-register, click Participate! and if your Map Profile's not up yet, please add it.....

Congrats to Hannah Clinch & everyone at Radius Glasgow, the new Dear Green Place guide to Reuse is wonderful! It's got many innovative features to its design. See it at our site or www.deargreenplace.org.

We also received a big box full of new Green Map created in Taiwan - each one is a work of Art! Thanks to all involved at SOW.

and here is our latest press: http://www.licmagazine.com/

Feel free to add your news to the Blog! You can also add a comment to someone else's Blog anytime, too!

Note there are subtle changes underway on the website, too: Now you can see how many are using it on the home page (on the right) . Your suggestions are always welcome. all the best, Wendy

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green map data collection

Posted by hclinch - 8:44 pm
This is all from memory, so it's a little spotty. I'll open my database later.
I kept things minimal, with a separate layer per type of (related) feature(s):

ID
Symbol(The actual character for the thingy in the green map font)
Name
Weight
Verified
Notes (Street Address, Phone Number, URL; these could be individual fields)

Symbol allows you to conflate several related things (e.g; farmer's markets
and vegetarian restaurants) into a single layer for ease of managment. Also,
if you're not uber picky about symbol placement, or are working with a large
format output, leveraging the labeling features of your GIS package (esp.
ArcGIS + Maplex) can greatly reduce the amount of effort required to manually
cope with clutter.

Weight is *very* helpful, and sense "B" is unfortunately absent in most
greenmaps. I used this in three ways A) I am able to gather data on all
varieties of things with respect to the topic, regardless of importance, and
later filter them out from presentation as I see fit B) vary the size of the
symbol in proportion to its importance, thereby allowing for denser display
of information with less clutter (on the Cambridge Green Map the Zipcars,
community gardens, and subway symbols are all scaled) C) the city provided
data, in a rather natural manner, conflates no bicycle riding on sidewalk
zones with the bicyle lane geometry. I applied a negative weight to these
features to more clearly set them off in my own databse, while allowing for
easy integration of future data revisions by the city.

Verified is used in a similar way to the first sense of weight, anything I'm
informed of, or suspect might be relevant gets added. But final layout only
displays those things which I have been able to verify are present and correct.


Something I probably should have included was a field indicating the source
of the data. Yes, you can use FGDC metadata for this, but it's a PITA and
suboptimal in this case. For many themes I merged a handful of features from
several random datasets. More than once I had to go back and figure out where
this park or that pond came from.
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green map data collection

Posted by hclinch - 8:43 pm
Hi Cip,

Susan (professor of planning at the University of Alaska) has just
uploaded a pdf and text file showing the form & fields for her
database for Fairbanks Greenmap
(http://greenmap.org/greenhouse/user/90) - it's in the Mapmaking
section of the Tool Center

http://greenmap.org/greenhouse/node/2268 (text file, tab-delimited)
http://greenmap.org/greenhouse/node/2268 (pdf)

Hope this is useful...

Thanks for putting these up Susan!

Cheers,

Thomas
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On 13/08/07, Jerrad Pierce wrote:
> This is all from memory, so it's a little spotty. I'll open my database later.
> I kept things minimal, with a separate layer per type of (related) feature(s):
>
> ID
> Symbol(The actual character for the thingy in the green map font)
> Name
> Weight
> Verified
> Notes (Street Address, Phone Number, URL; these could be individual fields)
>
> Symbol allows you to conflate several related things (e.g; farmer's markets
> and vegetarian restaurants) into a single layer for ease of managment. Also,
> if you're not uber picky about symbol placement, or are working with a large
> format output, leveraging the labeling features of your GIS package (esp.
> ArcGIS + Maplex) can greatly reduce the amount of effort required to manually
> cope with clutter.
>
> Weight is *very* helpful, and sense "B" is unfortunately absent in most
> greenmaps. I used this in three ways A) I am able to gather data on all
> varieties of things with respect to the topic, regardless of importance, and
> later filter them out from presentation as I see fit B) vary the size of the
> symbol in proportion to its importance, thereby allowing for denser display
> of information with less clutter (on the Cambridge Green Map the Zipcars,
> community gardens, and subway symbols are all scaled) C) the city provided
> data, in a rather natural manner, conflates no bicycle riding on sidewalk
> zones with the bicyle lane geometry. I applied a negative weight to these
> features to more clearly set them off in my own databse, while allowing for
> easy integration of future data revisions by the city.
>
> Verified is used in a similar way to the first sense of weight, anything I'm
> informed of, or suspect might be relevant gets added. But final layout only
> displays those things which I have been able to verify are present and correct.
>
>
> Something I probably should have included was a field indicating the source
> of the data. Yes, you can use FGDC metadata for this, but it's a PITA and
> suboptimal in this case. For many themes I merged a handful of features from
> several random datasets. More than once I had to go back and figure out where
> this park or that pond came from.
> --
> Free map of local environmental resources: http://CambridgeMA.GreenMap.org
> --
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> When awful things happen to me, I try to imagine how Douglas Adams would be writing it if I were a character in one of his books. --chaoticset
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>


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Hi,

Green Map Bucharest will collect data in a GIS environment, and I need your help to start building the database (which are the attributes you used for print or web)
Whoever worked on this, already, and wishes to share the knowledge, will be greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to your reply,
Ciprian Samoila
Green Map Bucharest
Project Manager
www.greenmap-bucharest.ro
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Meeting #24 - green map published!

Posted by Kevin McDonagh Sunday, 5 August 2007- 9:30 pm


A beautifully inky smelling, brand spanking new Glasgow green map has now been published and is circling it's way around Glasgow's most exclusive second hand shops!

Where can I get one?


I hear you cry. You can email us for one at info@deargreenplace.org or you can pick it up from one of the second hand shops on the map. You'll soon also be able to download it here and from the main site.


Well done everyone!

So what are they doing now?


Oh but we've only just begun. Now that we have one notch in our belt we are beginning to turn our attentions to a web based green map that will be constantly updated by you!


Meeting #24 summed up


Agenda
1. News / What peeps did since last meeting
2. Coo over map.
3. Review most important functionality of online map.
4. Plan of distribution.
5. Online monitoring
6. Testing: Franki / Hannah
7. Dev: Kevin and joe change add place
8. Tasks!

We mostly justed cooed and had a think about where our efforts should be focused. We reviewed what we wanted first from the web site and found that first and foremost we need to get it to collect information based on the impact of the paper based map. A form to enable peeps to give feed back. Also its important for us to have it available in a downloadable form as soon as possible. Franki offered to break up her fantastical design into small palatable fantastical areas, each on a seperate A4 page(since most grans don't pack an A1 printer beside the biscuits).

The most important priorites for the web map are:
1. Feedback and distribution of the download map
2. Add categories of Environmental Proj & Reuse Proj
3. Content from the map for web

Usability testing


Usability testing was carried out by Fanki and Hannah to find that the user could carry out the tasks quickly and instinctively found the areas of the map needed, even with it broken. This user was the news browsing type and had a bit of experience with google maps and so knew how to use all the controls straight away. Notably she enjoyed the experience of adding an icon to the map and found it easy to click the next arrows during the process.

Points taken from testing:
Add place functionality has improved
Messages to help when adding a shop but could be revised.
User used home as point of reference
The area selection was the next stop after the map.

Tasks


Add stats to pages
Get Franki disk
Get Kevin illustrator
Make online form
fix zooming in again
Divide up map for web
Make a synchroniser for the spreadsheet and web DB

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The Glasgow Green Map is published!!

Posted by hclinch Wednesday, 1 August 2007- 9:29 pm

The first Glasgow wide Green Map, marketed under the eco brand name dear green place, has been published. 20,000 copies of the map will be distributed throughout the city over the next month.

This 'Reuse' themed map features over a 120 charity shops and community based enterprises that provide people with the opportunity to donate and buy reusable house hold goods.

This is the first time that information about these opportunities has been collated and published. Each year in Glasgow over 145,000 items that could be reused currently go to landfill. This project aims to encourage people to find an alternative way of disposing of these valuable resources and support the community based initiatives that provide these services.

The Glasgow Guide to Reuse has been developed by a dedicated team of volunteer map makers, coordinated by Radius Glasgow. Funding for the project was secured from The Glasgow Community Recycling Forum, SUSTand various other agencies.

The volunteers continue to develop the web based version of the map www.deargreenplace.org and hope to broaden the map’s content once it has been established.

If you would like to obtain a copy of the map please email info@deargreenplace.org
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Message from Green Mapp

Posted by hclinch - 9:29 pm
Now that the new GreenMap.org is closer to complete, it's time for the
next web project.

We're considering developing an online webmap tool that makes it
really easy for any Green Mapmaker to build an online Green Map. A lot
of people have been asking for something like this, so I want to make
sure that it's as useful as possible. The idea is that it should be
possible for anyone to do - you won't need to know how to set up a
database, or understand HTML.

If you would like to be involved in the discussion about this webmap
tool please email me and I'll put you on the list. The discussion will
be by email at first with everything posted on the Mapmaker's Exchange
section of the website.

I've put the outline of what I plan to do in the Mapmaker's Exchange
section at: http://greenmap.org/greenhouse/en/node/2182

If you have time, please could you answer these questions now to help
guide the development of the webmap tool:

1) Do you think this is a worthwhile project?
2) Have you made an online map already?
3) If you have made an online map, how did you do it?
4) If you have not made an online map, have you used one that you
like? Please give some examples & links.
5) Would you want to let the public comment on or rate sites on your map?
6) Would you want to let the public add photos to sites on your map?
7) Would you want to let the public suggest new sites?
8) Would you want to include lines (for bike paths, walking paths,
etc.) and areas (for parks, deforestation, erosion, pollution, etc) as
well as points (for sites)?
9) How important do you think it is to include your own custom local icons?
10) How good is Google Maps coverage of your area? Is there a better
alternative?

Even if you don't want to be involved in the discussion, please email
me any comments or suggestions on how you would like this to work.
This project will only go ahead if enough people reply saying that
they think it is worth doing!

The timing of this project is not certain yet as I will be away for
most of September.

Hope you're having a great summer!

Thomas
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Green Map message

Posted by hclinch - 9:27 pm
hi Mapmakers!

It's now 2 months since we switched over to the new website. Over 40,000 viewers have seen it so far! 87% are new to the site and they are staying longer and viewing more pages than ever before!

In July, we made the registration process easier. It's now updated in 5 different languages, as mentioned in yesterday's Multi-lingual Message.

We also have a new page! http://greenmap.org/greenhouse/en/all

This page has all the Mapmaking projects on it (past and present) - it's the first place many website users will visit, including potential Mapmakers looking for available cities and towns. Now, there are too many projects that are not linked to profiles or any information about the project.

If you are an existing Mapmaker, but have yet to register, we urge you to do so in August! In September, we'll be linking Green Map projects that have not registered or responded by email to the ‘Available City’ icon. Help us avoid confusion - please respond directly by email or register asap!

We'll also be doing major press and funder outreach in September*, so everyone, please add more images and details.

By then, we’ll add a “Featured Map’ box to the homepage. If your Map Profile has a Map image and either a downloadable or linked map, it will be eligible for this random selection. So be sure you have included both an image and a complete map the public can view.

We also have ANOTHER new page!

http://greenmap.org/impacts

As soon as you write about yours in your Map Profile, it will show up on this page, in random order. These impacts are being reviewed for a new book being written in Japan this season!

We've been listening to your comments and those of visitors, and are making other changes to encourage more social networking and exchange in the Blog & Resources section. We welcome your comments about this or the website at any time.

GODD NEWS! We have also added the updated Green Mapmakers Guide to the Tool Center! Many thanks to Tom Hammer, Soon Chung Lim, and Carlos Martinez for the many hours devoted to this project. Login and download from Mapmaking Resources.

Now, a request - we are changing the way the testimonials (in Blog) works, and will be adding comments like this:

What a wonderful new site, and what a privilege to be part of this network! Naomi Tsur, Director, SPNI-Jerusalem, 2007 July 31

(Thanks Naomi!) When we upload it, we'll link it to their profile. We'd love to have more comments (even longer ones) by you for this page, please send by email.....(and if you sent one before, opps! We lost it, so please send again!).

* yesterday, we found out Green Map will be in a book called "Cool Hunting" coming out soon in Australia, and a new US book on sustainable design will include the website and more. A reporter from Chicago called too, he is covering the ongoing Institute of Arts based project (yea! Nadine Bopp), and we're hearing from so many new bloggers, etc., it really is a good time to register, login & do more....(we will too, as we have news to add on our NYC projects as well).

It’s hot & sticky in NYC, but we are here, ready to help you show the world what you are accomplishing for your communities everywhere!

Thanks so much, Wendy
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