The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science

Interoperating Geographic Information Systems

Editors: Goodchild, M., Egenhofer, M.J., Fegeas, R., Kottman, C. (Eds.)

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Geographic information systems have developed rapidly in the past decade, and are now a major class of software, with applications that include infrastructure maintenance, resource management, agriculture, Earth science, and planning. But a lack of standards has led to a general inability for one GIS to interoperate with another. It is difficult for one GIS to share data with another, or for people trained on one system to adapt easily to the commands and user interface of another. Failure to interoperate is a problem at many levels, ranging from the purely technical to the semantic and the institutional.
Interoperating Geographic Information Systems is about efforts to improve the ability of GISs to interoperate, and has been assembled through a collaboration between academic researchers and the software vendor community under the auspices of the US National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis and the Open GIS Consortium Inc. It includes chapters on the basic principles and the various conceptual frameworks that the research community has developed to think about the problem. Other chapters review a wide range of applications and the experiences of the authors in trying to achieve interoperability at a practical level. Interoperability opens enormous potential for new ways of using GIS and new mechanisms for exchanging data, and these are covered in chapters on information marketplaces, with special reference to geographic information. Institutional arrangements are also likely to be profoundly affected by the trend towards interoperable systems, and nowhere is the impact of interoperability more likely to cause fundamental change than in education, as educators address the needs of a new generation of GIS users with access to a new generation of tools. The book concludes with a series of chapters on education and institutional change.
Interoperating Geographic Information Systems is suitable as a secondary text for graduate level courses in computer science, geography, spatial databases, and interoperability and as a reference for researchers and practitioners in industry, commerce and government.

Table of contents (36 chapters)

  • Introduction: Theory and Concepts

    Egenhofer, Max J.

    Pages 1-4

  • Changing Focus on Interoperability in Information Systems:From System, Syntax, Structure to Semantics

    Sheth, Amit P.

    Pages 5-29

  • Interoperability and Spatial Information Theory

    Vckovski, Andrej

    Pages 31-37

  • The Open GIS Consortium and Progress Toward Interoperability in Gis

    Kottman, Clifford A.

    Pages 39-54

  • Probing the Concept of Information Communities-A First Step Toward Semantic Interoperability

    Bishr, A. Yaser (et al.)

    Pages 55-69

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interoperating Geographic Information Systems
Editors
  • Michael Goodchild
  • Max J. Egenhofer
  • Robin Fegeas
  • Cliff Kottman
Series Title
The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science
Series Volume
495
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-5189-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-5189-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-8436-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-7363-6
Series ISSN
0893-3405
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 509
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