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to Howard Foster

Howard C. Foster Ph.D.

Howard C. Foster Ph.D.
Research Specialist, UC Center for Environmental Design Research
University of California, Berkeley California, 94720-1870
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Dr. Foster has been developing federated architectures for describing, searching and visualizing geographic information. He was responsible for conceptual development of geographic information systems for the UC Berkeley Digital Library Project where he designed document-spatial data interfaces, geographic data generalization technologies and linkages to associated non-spatial attribute data. He was geographic technology consultant to the Microsoft Terraserver project. With the Center for Environmental Design Research, he has been applying geographic information science as project manager to a number of environmental planning projects including the UC Merced Campus Area Biologic Resources Study, the Urbanization/Military Facility Encroachment Study and the State Delta Protection Commission Land Use Study. He has developed ground water pollution potential models and databases for the Calif. Regional Water Quality Control Board. He has been a private environmental planning consultant for the USGS/Biological Resources Division, US Park Service, Regional Science Institute Sapporo, Japan, Lassen National Park, and Dames and Moore.

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Here is an Abstract of Howard's Work

GIS and UC Berkeley's Multi-Valent Document Architecture
Howard Foster, Programmer
Computer Science Division, University of California Berkeley

Some unique features of the UC Berkeley Digital Library Project influence the application of GIs technology. These are (1) a significant number of documents relate to the California natural environment; (2) the Project must accommodate environmental planners who often need to make complex ad-hoc queries on multi-attribute data; (3) the Project almost totally relies upon the World Wide Web for document access; and (4) Project documents are organized as "Multivalent" (multi-layered) entities for which GIs operations must be integrated. In response to these requirements our GIs has a prominent database component to accommodate complex queries on spatial and non-spatial attributes; our GIs depends upon a distributed arrangement of components, especially a Java image for adequate display functionality (e.g., pan an zoom). Ultimately our GIs is to be integrated into the general multivalent document access interface. This means, for example, a project site map accessed within a document could turn into a GIs interface for the analysis of a project's contextual geographic information.

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