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DOI:10.5593/SGEM2013/BB2.V1/S08.039

USING THE PHYSIC OF NOTATION TO ANALYSE MODELBUILDER DIAGRAMS

Z. Dobesova
Monday 5 August 2013 by Libadmin2013

References: 13th SGEM GeoConference on Informatics, Geoinformatics And Remote Sensing, www.sgem.org, SGEM2013 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-954-91818-9-0 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 16-22, 2013, Vol. 1, 595 - 602 pp

ABSTRACT

Visual representations for data processing are used in geographic information systems. ArcGIS has components ModelBuilder for the creation of dataflow diagrams. ModelBuilder belongs to the visual programming languages. D. Moody proposed a set of principles for visual representation named “Physics” of Notation. Principles are based on wide review of relevant literature in cognitive psychology and software engineering. Moody presents nine principles. The applying of some principles to current notation in ModelBuilder for ArcGIS is presented in this article. Moody`s “Physics“ of Notation framework is a way for discovering improvements in diagram notation for ModelBuilder. Besides them, this framework is an analysis that brings useful recommendations for creators of diagrams to increase the cognitive and perceptual quality of diagrams.

Keywords: geoinformatics, notation, visual programming language, diagram, cognition, perception,

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