An Integrated Spatial and Attribute Data Structure to Support National Park Service Management.

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. James Gregory , Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Hugh A. Devine, Committee Chair en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Stacey Nelson, Committee Member en_US Colson, Thomas Payton en_US 2010-04-02T18:03:40Z 2010-04-02T18:03:40Z 2005-03-17 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-03162005-214214 en_US
dc.description.abstract The National Park Service (NPS) maintains and supports various databases relevant to its mission. These include archeological sites, cultural objects, and exotic species inventories, to name a few. Data associated with each of these domains forms the basis on which NPS policy is formulated. However these databases often exist in independently maintained systems, often at different locations. Additionally these domains often contain spatial data in which data objects can possess spatial characteristics and location information. Currently most National Park Service non spatial attribute databases (e.g. ASMIS, CLAIMS, FMSS, and LCS) are centralized at regional or national headquarters, whereas most spatial information is generally created and maintained at the park. It is left to the data user to connect to these data entities, and this is at best cumbersome and at times, impossible. This project is a feasibility study that analyzes the use of GIS to integrate of park service attribute databases with locally collected park spatial data. The core procedure focuses on the application of computer aided software engineering tools to National Park Service GIS database design. This includes modeling database relationships and generating the database schema. The resultant prototype database was tested in two National Parks, Valley Forge National Historic Park and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. In both instances, locally generated spatial data were imported successfully into a standardized ESRI geodatabase and integrated with other enterprise, non local data through the use of reusable objects. en_US
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dc.subject national parks en_US
dc.subject GIS en_US
dc.subject spatial database en_US
dc.subject database design en_US
dc.title An Integrated Spatial and Attribute Data Structure to Support National Park Service Management. en_US MS en_US thesis en_US Natural Resources en_US

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