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Re: Using sound with a GIS

Dear Nick,

in this context it might be interesting to have a look at the "Exvis"
project from the computer graphics group at the University of
Massachusetts, Lowell. They designed a multi-modal (visual, tactile
and sound) representation using data-driven geometric textured icons
whose auditory texture could be explored by sweeping a cursor across
the screen. They did also a "sonification" of geographical data.

EXVIS: An exploratory data visualization environment (1989), G
GRINSTEIN, R PICKETT, M WILLIAMS, Proceedings Graphics Interface '89

Google just found this article with even more information about it:

:) stefan

Dipl.-Math./Inf. MSc Stefan Strahl
Animal Physiology & Behavior Group
IBU, Fakultät V
Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
26111 Oldenburg, Germany

On Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 9:49 PM, Al Bregman <al.bregman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 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
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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@xxxxxxxx