List of projects
List of Projects
Read the following papers to better understand why INPE is involved in the
TerraLib: An Open Source GIS Library for Large-scale Environmental and Socio-economic Applications
Networks of Innovation and the Establishment of a Spatial Data Infrastructure in Brazil
What is TerraLib?
is a GIS classes and functions library, available from the Internet as open source, allowing a collaborative environment and its use for the development of multiple GIS tools. Its main aim is to enable the development of a new generation of GIS applications, based on the technological advances on spatial databases.
is being developed by
(Image Processing Division) at
(National Institute for Space Research),
, the Computer Graphics Technology Group of
(the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil) and
(Foundation for the Space Science, Applied Research and Technology).
The main motivation for this project is the current lack of either public or commercial GIS libraries that cater for the diversity of GIS data and algorithms, especially when viewed upon the latest advances in geographical information science. The basic idea behind
is that the current and expected advances in database technology will enable, in the next few years, the complete integration of spatial data types in data base management systems (DBMS). This integration is bound to change completely the development of GIS technology, enabling a transition from the monolithic systems of today (that contain hundreds of functions) to a generation of spatial information appliances. The transition from file-based GIS systems to spatial databases will enable different applications to use the same data, as also is being proposed by the OpenGIS consortium.
On a practical side,
enables quick development of custom-built geographical applications using spatial databases. As a research tool,
is aimed at providing a rich and powerful environment for the development of GIScience research, enabling the development of GIS prototypes that include new concepts such as spatio-temporal data models, geographical ontologies and advanced spatial analysis techniques.
defines a geographical data model and provides support for this model over a range of different DBMS (MySQL, PostgreSQL, ORACLE e ACCESS), and is implemented as a library of C++ classes and functions, written in ANSI-C++ (INCITS / ISO/ IEC 14882:1998).
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