Map-Based Storytelling Tool for Real-World Walking Tour

Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


Paper route maps are common for tools assisting walking tours, but they are not so kind to readers. Some commercial mobile applications for walking tours are available; it is difficult in manual operation for maps. There are fewer frameworks to integrate multiple hand-drawing well-designed maps with GPS and other digital content such as photographs and audios. In this paper, we proposed a new framework for supporting walking tours with stories and maps implemented on a smartphone. The main purpose of the tool is easiness for operating the device and for finding and acquiring necessary information. Design method of map-based storytelling allows users to smoothly interact with mobile devices with location-based pull style information service. We discuss the feasibility and usefulness of our proposed framework by implementing real mobile software and testing real applications in the real world.


Location-based pull service Affordance Storytelling User interface design 



We would kindly thank for permission from ZENRIN Co., Ltd., SEIBU Railway Co., Ltd, and the University of Tokyo to use both maps and related content for our research on developping and experimenting prototypes of location-based services. This research is supported in part by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Mr. Ken’ichi Tsuruoka and Mr. Hideki Kaji have given useful comments and ideas on our research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Spatial Information ScienceThe University of TokyoKashiwa CityJapan

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