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1 IBISC - Informatique, Biologie Intégrative et Systèmes Complexes 2 CERMA - Centre de recherche méthodologique d-architecture

Abstract : This paper presents two spatial query methods for a Geographic Information System GIS that runs on a touch screen. On conventional GIS interfaces SQL is used to construct spatial queries. However keyboard typing proves to be inefficient on touch screens. Furthermore, SQL is not an easy-learning language, especially for novices to GIS. To simplify query construction, firstly we have designed a map interaction based query method MIBQM. This method allows users to make simple queries by selecting necessary layers, features and query operators directly on the interface. To allow users to construct complex queries, a sketch drawing based query method SDBQM is proposed. Spatial query concepts can be represented by sketches of some symbolic graphical objects. It is possible to add spatial conditions and non-spatial conditions to describe query concepts more precisely. An evaluation has been made to compare SQL and MIBQM. We have found that for simple queries, MIBQM takes less time and proves to be more user-friendly.

Mots-clés : Spatial Query GIS Touchable Interface Visual Query Language

Author: Siju Wu - Samir Otmane - Guillaume Moreau - Myriam Servières -



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