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Re: Using sound with a GIS

Dear Nick,

My guess is that a display of sound in which the listeners were
passive would not work well.  If the users had a pen which they could
pass over the display, and this caused a sound (perhaps varying in
quality with the type of data under the pen), then the users would be
able to explore at will, and integrate the information into a
two-dimensional spatial representation.  It could also be done with
vibratory feedback from the pen.

Please excuse this email if this all seems obvious.

-- Al
Albert S. Bregman, Emeritus Professor
Psychology Department, McGill University
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On Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 8:40 AM, Nick Bearman <nb92@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hello to everyone on the list,
> I'm interested in how sound (in conjunction with vision) can be used to
> show data in a GIS (Geographical Information System). A GIS is basically a
> computer based map, which allows users to view, edit and analysis
> geographical data. Google Earth is an example of a very basic GIS, which
> just allows you to view data. (Apologies if I'm preaching to the
> converted, but I wanted to make sure people know what I'm talking about!)
> Specifically I'm looking for references which look at this use of sound. I
> have some already (see below) and would be very grateful if people could
> post any others they may have.
> MacVeigh, R. & Jacobson, R. D. (2007) Increasing the dimensionality of a
> Geographic Information System (GIS) Using Auditory Display. Proceedings of
> the 13th International Conference on Auditory Display. Montréal, Canada,
> 26-29 June 2007.
> Lodha, S. K., Wilson, C. M. & Sheehan, R. E. (1996) LISTEN: sounding
> uncertainty visualization, IEEE Visualization, Proceedings of the 7th
> conference on Visualization '96, San Francisco, California, United States.
> Gluck, M. (2000) The Use of Sound for Data Exploration. Bulletin of The
> American Society for Information Science, 26(5):26-28.
> Many Thanks,
> Nick.
> --
> Nick Bearman
> University of Leicester
> nb92@xxxxxxxx
> nick.bearman@xxxxxxxxx