Title: SPeCS - a spatial decision support collaborative system for environment design

Authors: Sergio Palma J. Medeiros, Julia Celia M. Strauch, Jano Moreira de Souza, Gustavo da Rocha B. Pinto

Addresses: COPPE / UFJU - Computer Science Department, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. EMBRAPA / Solos - Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. IM / UFRJ - Mathematics Institute, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. COPPE / UFJU - Computer Science Department, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Abstract: The integration of geographic information systems (GIS), electronic meeting systems (EMS), and workflow concepts, introduces a new approach called SPeCS. Our system intends to support the aspects of multi-criteria spatial analysis within a distributed GIS with tools that can help a group to cope with their activities in this kind of project. It should aid design team members with coordination features that can vary from workflow facilities to tools that can help them achieve resoulutions which shall represent the consensus in a decision-marking process. This work presents a prototype that explores coordination in a spatial collaborative system and supports the geo-referencing of the arguments produced by the discussion involving the members of the design team. The main task of these groups is to produce a proposal for environmental preservations or changes taking into account socio-economic, climate and soil aspects.

Keywords: CSCW in design; workflow; GDSS; internet; GIS; EMS; knowledge.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2001.000270

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2001 Vol.14 No.4/5/6, pp.158-165

Published online: 15 Jul 2003 *

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