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Spatial Metadata Usability Evaluation

Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia
Indonesian Geospatial Agency, Jakarta 16911, Indonesia
Independent Researcher, Bogor 16115, Indonesia
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(7), 463;
Received: 10 June 2020 / Revised: 3 July 2020 / Accepted: 15 July 2020 / Published: 21 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geospatial Metadata)
Spatial metadata is a critical part of any spatial data infrastructure, which enables the organising, sharing, discovery and use of spatial data. This paper highlights a knowledge gap in the usability of the metadata systems for the end–users. It then addresses the gap by applying the User Centred Design approach to investigate the usability of metadata records. The research engages with end–users concerning efficiency and effectiveness of metadata systems, and end–users’ satisfaction and expectations. The results indicate significant gaps with the effectiveness and efficiency of metadata systems for spatial data discovery and selection. Inconsistency and irrelevant information in the metadata records were found in the title, keywords, abstracts, data quality and other elements of the metadata. Additionally, essential improvements were identified for user interfaces. Discouraging presentation of the metadata is a prominent problem found in the interface of the metadata systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: spatial data infrastructure; spatial metadata; geoportal; user centred design; usability; Australia spatial data infrastructure; spatial metadata; geoportal; user centred design; usability; Australia
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Kalantari, M.; Syahrudin, S.; Rajabifard, A.; Subagyo, H.; Hubbard, H. Spatial Metadata Usability Evaluation. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9, 463.

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Kalantari M, Syahrudin S, Rajabifard A, Subagyo H, Hubbard H. Spatial Metadata Usability Evaluation. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2020; 9(7):463.

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Kalantari, Mohsen, Syahrudin Syahrudin, Abbas Rajabifard, Hardi Subagyo, and Hannah Hubbard. 2020. "Spatial Metadata Usability Evaluation" ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 9, no. 7: 463.

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