NACIS 2015: Starting Conversations for More Accessible Maps

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October 15, 2015
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NACIS 2015: Starting Conversations for More Accessible Maps

A set of guidelines for developers, cartographers, GIS specialists, geographers, and civic hackers to consider when creating projects that include web maps.

Presented by: Kitty Hurley, Alison Link, and Mitch Schaps at the 2015 NACIS Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

GitHub: http://www.github.com/maptime/map-accessibility-guidelines

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Kitty Hurley

October 15, 2015
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  1. Starting Conversations for More Accessible Maps Kitty Hurley, State of

    Minnesota (@geospatialem) Alison Link, University of Minnesota (@linkalis) Mitch Schaps, Catholic Charities of Minneapolis & St. Paul (@mschapsgis)
  2. Agenda • Our Story • Key Takeaways • Ways to

    Collaborate • Questions Follow along with us! bit.ly/nacis2015-accessibility github.com/maptime/map-accessibility-guidelines
  3. Our Story • Who are we? • Why are we

    interested in this? • How does this impact you?
  4. Takeaway #1 Design for a diverse set of users.

  5. Takeaway #1 Cont. • Recognize that the very idea of

    a “map” is a culturally-loaded concept • Appreciate that people perceive space in very different ways: ◦ allocentric = abstract, birds’-eye-view ◦ egocentric = starting from the self as a reference frame ◦ “maps” vs. “routes” preferences
  6. Takeaway #2 Design can kill your message.

  7. Takeaway #2 Cont. • Choosing the wrong color scheme can

    alienate a large portion of your potential audience. • Also, your choice of color/design can make your maps hard to comprehend for everyone • Simpler is always better
  8. Example

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  17. Takeaway #3 Accessibility is not a barrier to innovation.

  18. Takeaway #3 Cont. • Usability first, accessibility next. • Design/Organization

    • Mobile • Focus
  19. Takeaway #3 Cont. • Usability first, accessibility next. • Design/Organization

    • Mobile • Focus
  20. Takeaway #3 Cont. • Usability first, accessibility next. • Design/Organization

    • Mobile • Focus
  21. Takeaway #3 Cont. • Usability first, accessibility next. • Design/Organization

    • Mobile • Focus
  22. Takeaway #3 Cont. • Usability first, accessibility next. • Design/Organization

    • Mobile • Focus
  23. Let’s collaborate! • GitHub Repo • Submit an Issue •

    Send us a Pull Request • Tweet us: ◦ Alison @linkalis ◦ Kitty @geospatialem ◦ Mitch @mschapsgis Share your stories/ideas at... github.com/maptime/map-accessibility-guidelines
  24. Questions?

  25. Thank you! Kitty Hurley, State of Minnesota (@geospatialem) Alison Link,

    University of Minnesota (@linkalis) Mitch Schaps, Catholic Charities of Minneapolis & St. Paul (@mschapsgis) bit.ly/nacis2015-accessibility github.com/maptime/map-accessibility-guidelines