Digital Paper Technologies for Topographical Applications
Final rept. 13 Sep 2010-31 May 2011
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This paper examines three different methods for collecting GIS attribute-value data using digital pen and paper maps and forms. Users create features on a digital paper map by ticking the legend entry for that feature on the map with a digital pen, and then marking the location of that feature on the map. In order to enter attribute-value data to that feature, users would either 1 write the attribute-value data directly on the map, 2 write a linking identifier on the map, and then write that same identifier on a digital paper in a special LinkID column of an Excel form that has been exported from the GIS systems database, or 3 write the attribute values in the table immediately after having created or selected the map feature called the temporal association method. Among the measures examined were training time for each method, time for entry of features, procedural errors, handwriting recognition errors, and user preference. For these metrics, temporal association was fastest, had fewest procedural errors, and was preferred by most field users. However, the impacts of these different workflows on back office GIS personnel was not considered.
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