This paper discusses the dissemination of simulation models by urban information systems as initiated by the University of British Columbia. The model building process includes great emphasis on disseminating the generated information. Each stage of the process feeds back ultimately to the model conceptualization phase through publication of information. The role of computer graphics and public demonstrations is a key part of the process. The first public demonstration in this study met with mixed response. Most felt the demonstration was too technical and contained too much jargon. Some felt that the intricacies of the computer could not be explained in 1 or 2 h. The most successful demonstration began with a 1-h discussion of what the audience was going to see during the computer show so that the audience would know what to expect before the computer terminal was used. The actual graphics provided the catalyst required to start the group interacting with each other and the computer system. Only special interest groups and sociopolitical institutions related well to the graphics demonstrations. Most of the general public usually lack the interest to achieve a minimal level of understanding. It also was found that, unless a graphics system has a variety of users, it tends to be used as a means to achieve some end, rather than as a tool to promote discussion. The information being displayed by the graphical system was the key to the usefulness of the system./AUTHOR/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 13-21
  • Monograph Title: Application of interactive graphics in citizen participation
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  • Accession Number: 00129954
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024579
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 14 1976 12:00AM