Developing analytical GIS applications with GEO-SPADE: Three success case studies

Slava Kisilevich, Daniel Keim, Amit Lasry, Leon Bam, Lior Rokach

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) handle a wide range of problems that involve spatial distribution data fromfields as diverse as housing, healthcare, transportation, cartography, criminology, and many others. Selecting the right GIS is determined by the task the user wishes to perform. Some considerations may include the availability of analytical functions, performance, ease of use, interoperability, extensibility, etc. Nowadays, as positioning technology proliferates and affects almost all aspects of our lives, GIS tools have become more and more complex as researchers seek to address and implement, respectively, new spatial tasks and techniques. Due to the rapid growth of GIS in recent years, many provide APIs for extending their software for specific needs. But learning a complex set of API functions, is not feasible in scenarios that demand rapid prototyping like in academic research or when the tool is supposed to be used by non-professionals. In this paper, we present three case studies that are performed on top of a GEO-SPADE, a Google Earth-based .NET-based framework that we developed. Unlike the typical APIs, that may often contain more than hundred or thousand of functions from different logical layers, the GEO-SPADE framework provides only the minimal set of functions for plug-in development, networking, and visualization using Google Earth engine. The extended functionality is provided by the developer and depends on her knowledge of the underlying language. At the same time, the ease of use is achieved by the functionality of Google Earth. The three presented case studies showcase the applicability of the Google Earth-based framework in different domains with different analytical tasks (spatial analysis, spatial exploration, and spatial decision support).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnterprise Information Systems - 12th International Conference, ICEIS 2010, Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783642198014
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011
Event12th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICEIS 2010 - Funchal-Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 8 Jun 201012 Jun 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume73 LNBIP
ISSN (Print)1865-1348


Conference12th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICEIS 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Business and International Management
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Information Systems and Management


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