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Specializing pedestrian maps to address the needs of people using wheelchairs: a case study in community-sustainable information systems

dc.contributor.advisorPurtilo, James
dc.contributor.authorCigna, Jacob
dc.contributor.authorDavé, Pratik
dc.contributor.authorHickey, Caitlin
dc.contributor.authorHolzberger, Jessie
dc.contributor.authorKuhn, Megan
dc.contributor.authorKwok, Siwei
dc.contributor.authorO’Haver, Bryan
dc.contributor.authorRyan, Emily
dc.contributor.authorSlivinski, Laura
dc.date.accessioned2009-05-15T14:45:04Z
dc.date.available2009-05-15T14:45:04Z
dc.date.issued2009-05
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/9076
dc.descriptionGemstone Team FASTR (Finding Alternative Specialized Travel Routes)
dc.description.abstractThis study examined whether a community-sustainable information system could be competitive with a centrally-maintained system. We focused on a pedestrian navigation system designed specifically to address the needs of people using wheelchairs. To ascertain the need for such a system, we interviewed people who use wheelchairs on campus. After establishing the need for a new interactive map, we designed and commissioned the construction of TerpNav, an online navigation system that allows users to find a route that avoids certain obstacles, a feature specifically for people using wheelchairs. After TerpNav’s release, we conducted surveys to determine user satisfaction. We found user maintainability was important to the system’s responsiveness to change, which also affected user satisfaction. We then incorporated new community-sustainable features into a second TerpNav version. TerpNav’s success demonstrates that community-sustainable information systems may be a viable alternative to centrally-maintained systems that are less easily specialized to serve individual community needs.en
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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.subjectwheelchairsen
dc.subjectpedestrian navigation systemen
dc.subjectGemstone Team FASTR (Finding Alternative Specialized Travel Routes)
dc.titleSpecializing pedestrian maps to address the needs of people using wheelchairs: a case study in community-sustainable information systemsen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Maryland
dc.relation.isAvailableAtGemstone Program, University of Maryland (College Park, Md)


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