Digital Map Literacy Bounded with Culture Under Geographic Information System Perspective

Bayram S.

JOURNAL OF VISUAL LITERACY, vol.25, no.2, pp.167-176, 2005 (AHCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.167-176
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: No


This study considers Digital Map Literacy (DML) bounded with culture under a Geographical Information Systems perspective and compares DML perceptions of university-level Information Technology students in Turkey and Greece. The research-based DML and Usability scale was used as an assessment tool to compare data from 80 undergraduate students studying in Marmara University in Istanbul and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in Thessaloniki. The Encarta Reference Library 2003 application program was used and rated by the students, and their responses compared with X_test on a single item basis and independent samples t-test in general. The DML perceptions of students were compared on three dimensions: (1) cultural-aesthetical; visual perceiving, (2) technical-informational; functional perceiving, and (3) geographical-social; map perceiving. There were no significant differences between the student groupsș perceptions on the digital maps.