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Map Experiment Database

User studies are a cornerstone of cartographic research, delivering valuable insights into the design and use of maps, as well as the attitudes and behaviors of map users. The ever-expanding body of cartographic user studies maintains cartography as a forward-facing discipline: emerging technologies and methods are actively pursued and adopted, rather than dismissed. Alongside this growing, diversifying body of research and methods are two persistent, logistical challenges: the cartographic community’s lack of an active database of past and present user studies, and the lack of formal guidelines for the selection of appropriate research methods. My doctoral dissertation explored how these challenges affect the critical assessment of user differences, and offered a practical solution to improve the overall quality of future cartographic user studies.