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ERIC Number: ED530419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 252
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1095-3679-9
Turning Data into Information: Assessing and Reporting GIS Metadata Integrity Using Integrated Computing Technologies
Mulrooney, Timothy J.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
A Geographic Information System (GIS) serves as the tangible and intangible means by which spatially related phenomena can be created, analyzed and rendered. GIS metadata serves as the formal framework to catalog information about a GIS data set. Metadata is independent of the encoded spatial and attribute information. GIS metadata is a subset of electronic metadata which catalogs electronic resources such as web pages and software applications. However, GIS metadata is inherently different than electronic media because each metadata file can be applied to a spatial component that is not implicit with other forms of metadata. Using open source technologies such as R, Perl and PHP, metadata information for large GIS data sets (thousands of layers) can be gleaned quickly and more efficiently than the human element. In doing so, metrics to express the integrity of both the metadata and GIS data can be captured, displayed and compared for use in the decision making process. Supervised and unsupervised techniques allow users and computer algorithms to explore unseen trends about the GIS data not obvious to the human component. The validity of these analyses was tested using a Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). Responses from 40 GIS professionals about the results of this methodology were captured to find a relationship between this technology's Perceived Ease of Use, Perceived Usefulness, Attitude Towards Using and the Intention to Further use this technology. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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