User-driven Manipulation of Geospatial Data

Florian Stabel
User-driven Manipulation of Geospatial Data
[Poster] [Thesis]

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Abstract

A WebGIS is an application designed to store, analyze, manage and present geographical data. It provides tools which support users to explore and understand the underlying data. Depending on the datasource (raster or vector data), these tools are varying. Many more styling options for vector data than for raster data exist. This is because of the position information of vector data which allows the system to apply a wider range of styling features. This thesis is about user-driven manipulation of geospatial data and is part of the ESA DUE Permafrost project. It should help users to navigate through remote sensed data and to explore relevant features of it. Therefore it introduces methods to change the visualization of the data within a WebGIS by assigning different style profiles at runtime. The reference implementation is based on a specific software arrangement. The data is managed by GeoServer, an open source software server with the capability to edit and share geospatial data. To get a visual representation, GeoServer applies a Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) on the data. A SLD is an XML based language and describes the appearance of associated layers. Modifying the SLD enables to influence the layer appearance. Since the data of the ESA DUE Permafrost project is of type raster only, this work concentrates on tools for styling raster data. As a result of this work, an interactive legend is introduced. It is a user interface and manipulates the SLD at runtime according to the user settings. This gives the user the capability to highlight areas of interest based on the underlying data. The user interface also acts as a color legend for the displayed data.

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@mastersthesis{Stabel_2012_UDM,
  title =      "User-driven Manipulation of Geospatial Data",
  author =     "Florian Stabel",
  year =       "2012",
  abstract =   "A WebGIS is an application designed to store, analyze,
               manage and present geographical data. It provides tools
               which support users to explore and understand the underlying
               data. Depending on the datasource (raster or vector data),
               these tools are varying. Many more styling options for
               vector data than for raster data exist. This is because of
               the position information of vector data which allows the
               system to apply a wider range of styling features. This
               thesis is about user-driven manipulation of geospatial data
               and is part of the ESA DUE Permafrost project. It should
               help users to navigate through remote sensed data and to
               explore relevant features of it. Therefore it introduces
               methods to change the visualization of the data within a
               WebGIS by assigning different style profiles at runtime. The
               reference implementation is based on a specific software
               arrangement. The data is managed by GeoServer, an open
               source software server with the capability to edit and share
               geospatial data. To get a visual representation, GeoServer
               applies a Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) on the data. A SLD
               is an XML based language and describes the appearance of
               associated layers. Modifying the SLD enables to influence
               the layer appearance. Since the data of the ESA DUE
               Permafrost project is of type raster only, this work
               concentrates on tools for styling raster data. As a result
               of this work, an interactive legend is introduced. It is a
               user interface and manipulates the SLD at runtime according
               to the user settings. This gives the user the capability to
               highlight areas of interest based on the underlying data.
               The user interface also acts as a color legend for the
               displayed data.",
  month =      oct,
  address =    "Favoritenstrasse 9-11/186, A-1040 Vienna, Austria",
  school =     "Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms, Vienna
               University of Technology",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2012/Stabel_2012_UDM/",
}