PhD student gets MSc work published

Zornitza Yovcheva a PhD student, has had her paper published after two and half years of revision the Journal of Applied Ergonomics.

Zory is doing her PhD in User-Centred Design of Smartphone Augmented Reality Applications in Urban Tourism Context as part of the John-Kent Institute in Tourism.

The published paper was a result of her MSc work on Geo-Information Science at the University of Twente.

The article, titled “User requirements for geo-collaborative work with spatio-temporal data in a web-based virtual globe environment” is co-authored by Corné P.J.M. van Elzakker and Barend Köbben as well.

Zory commented  “The feeling of having your work published and knowing it is part of the academic literature is fantastic and very rewarding!  It has been quite a wait and many hours of editing and answering reviewer’s comments. Looking back, I feel that the waiting and efforts were absolutely worth it!”

The abstract for the article can be seen below:

Web-based tools developed in the last couple of years offer unique opportunities to effectively support scientists in their effort to collaborate. Communication among environmental researchers often involves not only work with geographical (spatial), but also with temporal data and information.  Literature still provides limited documentation when it comes to user requirements for effective geo-collaborative work with spatio-temporal data. To start filling this gap, our study adopted a User-Centered Design approach and first explored the user requirements of environmental researchers working on distributed research projects for collaborative dissemination, exchange and work with spatio-temporal data. Our results show that system design will be mainly influenced by the nature and type of data users work with. From the end-users’ perspective, optimal conversion of huge files of spatio-temporal data for further dissemination, accuracy of conversion, organization of content and security have a key role for effective geo-collaboration. 

Congratulations to Zory on this achievement!

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