CEC Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

2001

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences

Advisor

Sumitra Mukherjee

Committee Member

Marlyn Kemper Littman

Committee Member

Emil Horvath

Abstract

Online databases containing geographic and related tabular data for maps and attributes often require continuous updates from widely distributed sources afield. For some applications, these data are dynamic, and thus are of little value if they do not reflect the latest information or changes. A status map that depicts graphically temporal data affecting accountability is an example of this type of data. How can accommodations be made collectively for the perpetual data updates in the database and the need to deliver online information in real time without making concessions? The goal of the dissertation was to analyze and evaluate techniques and technology for data collection and storage, online data delivery, and real-time upload. The result of this analysis culminated in the design and prototype of a system that allowed real-time delivery of up-to-date maps and attributes information. A literature review revealed that an ample amount of research material existed on the theory and practice of developing dynamic update techniques. Despite that fact, no research literature was available that specifically dealt with dynamic update techniques that provide for real-time delivery of up-to-date maps while allowing online update of attributes information. This dissertation was the first attempt at providing research material in this important area. The procedure consisted of five major steps encompassing a number of small steps, and culminated in the development of a prototype. The steps included gathering data collection and storage information, investigating technological advances in data delivery and access, studying dynamic update techniques, assessing the feasibility of an implementation solution, and developing a prototype. The results revealed that the dynamic update technique as implemented in the prototype met the need for timely delivery of accountability, geospatial, and metadata information within an infrastructure.

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