free traveller accessible transit information study



“Free Traveller is a Loughborough University project to study how different forms of information help disabled people plan their journey in confidence.

The aim is simple, to understand how different forms of information effect the usability of a mashup (thats the thing with the information balloons on a map). Does different information effect how users see the mashup, and if so how can we use these judgements to make better mashups, websites and products in the future? This is done by creating three custom maps to explore under what conditions information influences user information perceptions. Participants are then asked to view these maps, interact with them and then share their thoughts on how confident they would feel using that information when travelling in the future.”


hey folks,
i did this, and it was actually pretty neat, a great project designed to figure out how folks who use accessibility information for transit traveling deal with the info (value? usefulness? clarity? accuracy? etc). They made a mistake with the time it takes to complete it, which has now been corrected, and they really need folks to try it out!

(doesnt hurt that you can win a chunk of change for participating!)


please note there are a couple glitches/issues right now:
As of right now, you can’t increase the text size of the info boxes in the maps yet, but i alerted them to it. i ended up cut n pasting the info into a word doc and increasing the font size myself, but that’s not a good solution and they’re on it.

Currently, there are only 2 gender options (neither of which suit me. sigh). i mentioned this, and perhaps if more people do, there’ll be movement on that.

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