Interoperating Geographic Information Systems / Edition 1

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Interoperating Geographic Information Systems is about efforts to impr ove the ability of GISs to interoperate, and has been assembled throug h 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 framework s that the research community has developed to think about the problem . Other chapters review a wide range of applications and the experienc es of the authors in trying to achieve interoperability at a practical level.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
About the Editors
Theory and Concepts
1 Introduction 1
2 Changing focus on interoperability in information systems: from system, syntax, structure to semantics 5
3 Interoperability and spatial information theory 31
4 The Open GIS Consortium and progress toward interoperability in GIS 39
5 Probing the concept of information communities - a first step toward semantic interoperability 55
6 Characterizing the semantic content of geographic data, models, and systems 71
7 Designing for interoperability: Overcoming semantic differences 85
8 Interoperability by exchanging executable content 99
9 Supporting interoperation of GIS objects 107
10 A specification language for interoperable GIS 123
Modeling in Distributed Environments
11 Introduction 133
12 Interoperability of geographic information: From the spreadsheet to virtual environments 135
13 Geographical modeling in heterogeneous computing environments 149
14 Geospatial information extraction: Querying or quarrying? 165
15 Geospatial modeling: A case study for a statewide land information strategy 181
16 Information brokers for a Web-based geographic information system 195
17 Automated metadata interpretation to assist in the use of unfamiliar GIS data sources 203
Systems and Experiences
18 Introduction 215
19 IRIS: A tool to support data analysis with maps 221
20 Geo ToolKit: Opening access to object-oriented geodata stores 235
21 The geospatial interoperability problem: Lessons learned from building the GeoLens prototype 249
22 A middleware architecture for transparent access to multiple spatial object databases 267
23 Interoperating geographic information systems using the open geospatial datastore interface (OGDI) 283
24 DIAL: A Web-based interoperable scientific data distribution system 301
25 Using the Internet to access geographic information: An Open GIS prototype 313
26 GEOLIB: A software component for making GIS tools interoperable 325
27 Software agent-oriented frameworks for the interoperability of georeferenced digital libraries on the World Wide Web: The SIGAL project 335
28 Interoperability with the Earth Science Remote Access Tool (ESRAT) 355
29 Multi-server Internet GIS: Standardization and practical experiences 365
30 A visual geospatial information server (VGIS) providing transparent access to heterogeneous sources 379
Education, Institutions, and Markets
31 Introduction 399
32 Organizational and technological interoperability for geographic information infrastructures 401
33 Spatial Internet marketplaces from a database perspective 415
34 From GISystems to GIServices: Spatial computing on the Internet marketplace 427
35 Interoperable education for interoperable GIS 443
36 Interoperability through organization: Digital libraries for distributed geospatial information 459
Epilog 471
Consolidated References 475
Index 499
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