A taxonomy of spatial data integrity constraints

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Cockcroft, Sophie. 1997. "A taxonomy of spatial data integrity constraints." Geoinformatica: an international journal on advances of computer science for geographic information systems. 1 (4), pp. 327-343.
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A taxonomy of spatial data integrity constraints

ERA Journal ID2021
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorCockcroft, Sophie
Journal TitleGeoinformatica: an international journal on advances of computer science for geographic information systems
Journal Citation1 (4), pp. 327-343
Number of Pages17
Year1997
Place of PublicationBoston, United States
ISSN1384-6175
1573-7624
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/A%3A1009754327059
Abstract

Spatial data quality has become an issue of increasing concern to researchers and practitioners in the field of Spatial Information Systems (SIS). Clearly the results of any spatial analysis are only as good as the data on which it is based. There are a number of significant areas for data quality research in SIS. These include topological consistency; consistency between spatial and attribute data; and consistency between spatial objects’ representation and their true representation on the ground. The last category may be subdivided into spatial accuracy and attribute accuracy. One approach to improving data quality is the imposition of constraints upon data entered into the database. This paper presents a taxonomy of integrity constraints as they apply to spatial database systems. Taking a cross disciplinary approach it aims to clarify some of the terms used in the database and SIS fields for data integrity management. An overview of spatial data quality concerns is given and each type of constraint is assessed regarding its approach to addressing these concerns. Some indication of an implementation method is also given for each.

Keywordsdatabase constraints, spatial data quality, system development, rules
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020460903. Information modelling, management and ontologies
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Otago, New Zealand
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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