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Advances in Web-based GIS, Mapping Services and Applications

1st Edition

Edited by Songnian Li, Suzana Dragicevic, Bert Veenendaal

CRC Press

400 pages

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Advances in Web-based GIS, Mapping Services and Applications is published as part of ISPRS WG IV/5 effort, and aims at presenting (1) Recent technological advancements, e.g., new developments under Web 2.0, map mashups, neogeography and the like; (2) Balanced theoretical discussions and technical implementations; (3) Commentary on the current stages of development; and (4) Prediction of developments over the next decade. Containing 21 contributions from 60 researchers active within ISPRS communities, most of them from academia and some from governments, the book covers a wide range of topics related to the state-of-the-art in web mapping/GIS and geographic information services. The volume is organized in five sections:

1. Analytical and Geospatial Services;

2. Performance;

3. Augmentation and LBS;

4. Collaboration and Decision Making, and 5. Open Standards for Geospatial Services.

Supported by a considerable number of technical details and examples, an overall view of the current achievements and progress made in the field of web-based GIS and mapping services is given. The chapters reflect timely and future developments addressing: constant updating of related web and geospatial technologies as well as the revolution of web mapping caused by mainstream IT vendors such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft; increased interest from industry on geo-spatial information technologies; and increasing demand from the general public for prompt and effective spatial information services. Advances in Web-based GIS, Mapping Services and Applications will appeal to academia and researchers, application specialists and developers, practitioners, and undergraduate and graduate students interested in distributed and web-based geoinformation systems and applications, geodatabases, and digital mapping.


"Today, keeping up on the latest in thought and innovation concerning the map and its use is an exhaustive exercise with dazzling changes in buzzwords, acronyms and players. This is why a publication summarizing where things are at concerning the relationship between the map and the Web, produced by the key players in the field, is so welcome. Congratulations to Drs. Li, Dragicevic and Veenendaal for publishing this collection of 21 chapters by 64 authors from 11 different nations. The book does a good job capturing a snapshot of thought and practice about the map and the Web at the end of the first decade of the new millennium. It is a welcome reference and an invaluable resource for educators, researchers and practitioners."

—Peter Keller, Geomatica, Vol. 65, No. 4, 2011

Table of Contents





Advances, challenges and future directions in web-based GIS, mapping services and applications

Songnian Li, Bert Veenendaal & Suzana Dragićević

Analytical and geospatial services

Geography 2.0—A mash-up perspective

T. Edwin Chow

GeoClustering: A web service for geospatial clustering

Jing Wang, Xin Wang & Steve H.L. Liang

Creating GIS simulation models on a TeraGrid-enabled geospatial web portal: A demonstration of geospatial cyberinfrastructure

Ming Hsiang Tsou & Ick-Hoi Kim

An OGC Web Processing Service for automated interpolation

Jan Dürrfeld, Jochen Bisier & Edzer Pebesma

GeoGlobe: A Virtual Globe for multi-source geospatial information integration and service

Jianya Gong, Longgang Xiang, Jin Chen, Peng Yue & Yi Liu

Building web services for public sector information and the geospatial web

David Pullar, David Torpie & Tim Barker


WebGIS performance issues and solutions

Chaowei Yang, Huayi Wu, Qunying Huang, Zhenlong Li, Jing Li, Wenwen Li, Lizhi Miao & Min Sun

Data reduction techniques for web and mobile GIS

Michela Bertolotto & Gavin McArdle

A load balancing method to support spatial analysis in XML/GML/SVG-based WebGIS

Haosheng Huang, Yan Li & Georg Gartner

Augmentation and location-based services

Geolocating for web based geospatial applications

Bert Veenendaal, Jacob Delfos & Tele Tan

The mobile web: Lessons from mobile augmented reality

Sylvie Daniel & Robin M. Harrap

A survey on augmented maps and environments: Approaches, interactions and applications

Gerhard Schall, Johannes Schöning, Volker Paelke & Georg Gartner

Collaboration and decision making

Map-chatting within the geospatial web

G. Brent Hall & Michael G. Leahy

Jump-starting the next level of online geospatial collaboration: Lessons from AfricaMap

Benjamin Lewis & Weihe Guan

A geospatial Web application to map observations and opinions in environmental planning

Claus Rinner, Jyothi Kumari & Sepehr Mavedati

Web-based collaboration and decision making in GIS-built virtual environments

Christian Stock, Ian D. Bishop, Haohui Chen, Marcos Nino-Ruiz & Peter Wang

Development and challenges of using web-based GIS for health applications

Sheng Gao, Darka Mioc, Xiaolun Yi, Harold Boley & François Anton

Open standards for geospatial services

OGC standards: Enabling the geospatial web

Carl Reed

Vector data formats in internet based geoservices

Franz-Josef Behr, Kai Holschuh, Detlev Wagner & Rita Zlotnikova

Geospatial catalogue web/grid service

Aijun Chen & Liping Di

Author index

Keyword index

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About the Editors

Songnian Li is Associate Professor in Geomatics Engineering at the Ryerson University, Canada. He is the Chair of the ISPRS Working Group IV/5 on "Distributed, Web-based Geoinformation Services and Applications". His current research interests include web mapping and geospatial services, collaborative GIS systems and decision support, geospatial data acquisition, and spatiotemporal analysis applications.

Suzana Dragicevic is Professor at Geography Department at Simon Fraser University, Canada. She is the Secretary of the ISPRS Working Group IV/5 on "Distributed, Web-based Geoinformation Services and Applications". Her primary research interests include geographic information systems (GIS) and science, spatial data analysis and modelling, complex systems, fuzzy sets and systems, temporal GIS, web-based and collaborative GIS.

Bert Veenendaal is Professor in Geographic Information Science and Head of Department of Spatial Sciences at Curtin University of Technology, Australia. He is a co-chair of the ISPRS Working Group IV/5 on "Distributed, Web-based Geoinformation Services and Applications". His current research interests include geographic information science, geospatial analysis and data handling, geospatial web mapping and services, collaborative GIS and virtual/interactive e-learning.

About the Series

ISPRS Book Series

The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Book Series comprises significant scientific publications in photogrammetry and remote sensing, and related disciplines. Each volume in the series is prepared independently and focuses on a topical theme. Volumes are published on an occasional basis, according to the emergence of noteworthy scientific developments. The material included within each volume is peer-reviewed rigorously, ensuring strong scientific standards.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems