Role-Tailored Map Dashboards - A New Approach for Enhancing the Forest-based Supply Chain

Caroline Atzl, Johannes Scholz, Bernhard Vockner, Manfred Mittlboeck, Laura Knoth

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The article presents a map dashboard aimed at enhancing the information flow in the forest-based supply chain (FbSC). We especially focus on the procurement stage and connect the stakeholders in (near) real-time via standardized data models, interfaces and services, as well as using open-source software only. For the communication strategy, we use a new approach that incorporates the user’s roles and tasks to create role-tailored views on the dashboard showing specific task-oriented web maps. Hence, the first research question aims at identifying the roles and tasks in Austrian forestry. We identified four major roles (site managers & foresters, forest workers, truck drivers, customers) and six tasks during group discussions. The second research question deals with the effects of a role-tailored map dashboard. Therefore, we evaluated the prototype in a two-week test phase that concludes with a field study with five experts. The results are twofold: qualitative using the results from field interviews and quantitative based on a now vs. then comparison with regard to the number of media disruptions. This comparison reveals that up to 80% of the media disruption in our use case scenario could be removed by using the role-tailored map dashboard.
Original languageEnglish
Article number41
JournalISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Digital forest
  • Field study
  • Forest-based supply chain
  • Map dashboard
  • Media disruptions
  • Procurement
  • Task-oriented
  • User roles
  • User tasks
  • Web mapping apps
  • forest-based supply chain
  • digital forest
  • media disruptions
  • user roles
  • user tasks
  • map dashboard
  • web mapping apps
  • task-oriented
  • field study
  • procurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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