Title: The stick operator: the management of several points of view in a geographical information system

Authors: Géraldine Del Mondo; Michel Mainguenaud

Addresses: INSA Rouen Normandie Univ., UNIROUEN, UNIHAVRE, LITIS, 76000 Rouen, France ' INSA Rouen Normandie Univ., UNIROUEN, UNIHAVRE, LITIS, 76000 Rouen, France

Abstract: In this article, we propose the Stick operator which provides a unique point of view from two points of view in the context of a geographical information system. It is based on two alphanumeric data models we merge in order to obtain a single data model (i.e., the result of the Stick operator). This operator uses a set of rules defined on characteristics of data models associated with each point of view. These characteristics are based on the links between the spatial dimension and alphanumeric data. It can be used when two different levels of details/abstraction or two sources have to be merged. We rely on a labelled graph to formalise data models and work till the attribute level. The Stick operator takes advantage of characteristics such as the intersection of graphs, the existence of quasi-strongly connected graphs or paths to provide an extended result data model.

Keywords: semantic alphanumeric data; levels of abstraction; geographical information systems; data model merge; graph data model; database view; database snapshot.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTMIS.2019.10025151

International Journal of Spatial, Temporal and Multimedia Information Systems, 2019 Vol.1 No.3, pp.197 - 231

Received: 10 Apr 2017
Accepted: 05 May 2017

Published online: 11 Nov 2019 *

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