Designing and Integrating User Interfaces of Geographic Database Applications

TitleDesigning and Integrating User Interfaces of Geographic Database Applications
Publication TypeTechnical Report
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsVoisard, A.
Other Numbers885
KeywordsGeographic database management systems, graphical user interfaces

In this paper, we investigate the problem of designing graphical geographic database user interfaces (GDUIs) and of integrating them into a database management system (DBMS). Geographic applications may vary widely but they all have common aspects due to the spatial component of their data: Geographic data are not standard data and they require appropriate tools for: (i) editing them (i.e., display and modify) and (ii) querying them. The conceptual problems encountered in designing GDUIs are partly due to the merger of two independent fields, geographic DBMSs on the one hand, and graphical user interfaces (GUIs) on the other hand. Although these areas have evolved considerably during the past ten years, only little effort has been made to understand the problems of connecting them in order to efficiently manipulate geographic data on a display. This issue raises the general problem of coupling a DBMS with specialized modules (in particular, the problem of strong vs. weak integration), and more generally of the role of a DBMS in a specific application. After giving the functionalities that a GDUI should provide, we study the possible conceptual integrations between a GUI and a DBMS. Finally, a map editing model as well as a general and modular GDUI architecture are presented.

Bibliographic Notes

ICSI Technical Report TR-94-015

Abbreviated Authors

A. Voisard

ICSI Publication Type

Technical Report