YouthMap5020 – Integrating GIS Use in Education in Several Subjects (2013 – 2014)

Entwicklung & Implementierung einer Kartenapplikation für die Stadt Salzburg für und durch Kinder & Jugendliche (incl. 3 internships)

Today most cities provide web-based city maps to the public. Increasingly these applications are designed to meet the needs of particular user groups such as tourists, disabled, or elderly people. Focusing on different user groups, web maps differ in design (GUI, map component), interactivities and map content. To provide user-centered web map applications, it is a precondition to know and understand the particular user group as well as their needs and requirements.

This project aims at developing a web-based map application for the youth regarding the city of Salzburg. Thus, the main project purpose is a “youth-for-youth-approach”: In the project the pupils participate throughout the entire application development process. This allows gathering knowledge on the requirements of this user group. Furthermore, the youth can gain insight on a number of domains such as software engineering and internet cartography. Therefore, several school educational institutions undertake single process steps:
(1) specification of requirements: getting to know the youth and their needs concerning a youth -centered web-based map application,
(2) database implementation regarding a youth-centered map content (data model, data collection, data preprocessing),
(3) design and implementation of a prototype application (putting in practice specified requirements),
(4) evaluation/ optimization of the application.

Instrument: FFG Talente Regional (incl. 3 FFG-Internships)
Role: Lead, 3 partners (+6 partner schools)
Project volume: 59.900 EUR funding (plus 3000 Euro relatad to 3 student internships), Z_GIS share: 58.900€
Contact person: Sabine Hennig
Researchers involved: Thomas Jekel, Robert Vogler
Consulting: Hermann Klug