Acquisition, representation, query and analysis of spatial data: A demonstration 3D digital library

J. Rowe, A. Razdan, A. Simon

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8 Scopus citations


The increasing power of techniques to model complex geometry and extract meaning from 3D information create complex data that must be described, stored, and displayed to be useful to researchers. Responding to the limitations of two-dimensional (2D) data representations perceived by discipline scientists, the Partnership for Research in Spatial Modeling (PRISM) project at Arizona State University (ASU) developed modeling and analytic tools that raise the level of abstraction and add semantic value to 3D data. The goals are to improve scientific communication, and to assist in generating new knowledge, particularly for natural objects whose asymmetry limit study using 2D representations. The tools simplify analysis of surface and volume using curvature and topology to help researchers understand and interact with 3D data. The tools produced automatically extract information about features and regions of interest to researchers, calculate quantifiable, replicable metric data, and generate metadata about the object being studied. To help researchers interact with the information, the project developed prototype interactive, sketch-based interfaces that permit researchers to remotely search, identify and interact with the detailed, highly accurate 3D models of the objects. The results support comparative analysis of contextual and spatial information, and extend research about asymmetric man-made and natural objects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2003 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2003
EditorsLois Delcambre, Geneva Henry, Catherine C. Marshall
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)0769519393
StatePublished - 2003
Event2003 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2003 - Houston, United States
Duration: May 27 2003May 31 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
ISSN (Print)1552-5996


Other2003 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2003
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Data analysis
  • Data mining
  • Feature extraction
  • Information analysis
  • Information geometry
  • Prototypes
  • Software libraries
  • Solid modeling
  • Topology
  • Two dimensional displays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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