A framework for scaleless feature-based topographic map database

Jung-Hong Hong, Shin Yi Chen, Chin Sung Yang

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Topographic maps are essential data for various applications in spatial area. These maps provide GIS a rich visual illustration of the area. Traditional topographic maps are produced with multiple scales because end-user requirements vary. The concept of "feature" has been incorporated through recent technological developments. A spatial object of a map (with a particular scale and time) can thus be recorded as a spatial representation of a particular feature. A feature-based topographic database can provide the essential "spatial description" component for a particular feature. However, a spatial phenomenon may be represented differently in maps of diverse scales. A feature-based topographic database must provide an appropriate spatial representation of existing topographic maps with multiple scales. This study analyzes existing multi-scale representations of a particular feature in a topographic map and proposes a framework for a feature-based topographic database. This database can effectively maintain necessary links among all of its related spatial representations. This link is implemented by a developed standardized identifier. This identifier can recognize a feature by the spatial or non-spatial properties of a feature. All spatial representations of a feature at different times can be linked using the developed standardized identifier and queried using the proposed method. This study presents the critical parts of a feature-based topographic map database, including the design of the identifier and the linking of the spatial representations of a feature. A prototype is developed to illustrate how a scaleless topographic map database operates.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication34th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing 2013, ACRS 2013
PublisherAsian Association on Remote Sensing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781629939100
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1
Event34th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing 2013, ACRS 2013 - Bali, Indonesia
Duration: 2013 Oct 202013 Oct 24

Publication series

Name34th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing 2013, ACRS 2013


Other34th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing 2013, ACRS 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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