Interaction with GIS attribute data based on categorical coverages

  • Gary S. Volta
  • Max J. Egenhofer
Data Models for Spatial and Temporal Data
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 716)


The human-computer interface is a crucial element in the design of the next generation of Geographic Information Systems (GISs). We discuss the user interface design process by separating the formalization of the problem domain (identifying the objects a user manipulates, and their pertinent operations) from its visualization (describing human-computer interaction techniques such as windows and dialog boxes). This framework is used to examine the process of manipulating attribute data in a GIS on the basis of the common cartographic concept of a categorical coverage. The characteristics of categorical coverage data and the user requirements for interacting with this data are formalized in the form of a set of fundamental objects and operations. A visualization for a windows-icons-menus-pointing devices (WIMP) interface is presented.


Categorical Coverage Attribute Category Geographic Information System Attribute Domain Geographic Domain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary S. Volta
    • 1
  • Max J. Egenhofer
    • 1
  1. 1.National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis and Department of Surveying EngineeringUniversity of MaineOrono

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