Proceedings: GI 2004

Map morphing: making sense of incongruent maps

Derek Reilly , Kori Inkpen

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2004: London, Ontario, Canada, 17 - 19 May 2004, 231-238

DOI 10.20380/GI2004.28

  • Bibtex

    author = {Reilly, Derek and Inkpen, Kori},
    title = {Map morphing: making sense of incongruent maps},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2004},
    series = {GI 2004},
    year = {2004},
    issn = {0-89791-213-6},
    isbn = {1-56881-227-2},
    location = {London, Ontario, Canada},
    pages = {231--238},
    numpages = {8},
    doi = {10.20380/GI2004.28},
    publisher = {Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society},
    address = {School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada},
    keywords = {Layout and Visualization},


Map morphing is an interactive visualization technique that provides a user-controlled, animated translation from one map to another. Traditionally, overlay mechanisms are used to present layers of information over a single projection. Map morphing provides a way to relate maps with significant spatial and schematic differences. This paper presents the morphing technique and the results of a comparative evaluation of map morphing against standard ways of presenting related maps. Our results demonstrate that map morphing provides additional information that can be used to effectively relate maps. In particular, significantly more tasks were completed correctly using the morphing interface than either a windowed or an inset interface.