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April 15, 2010

SMRC Presents New GIS Architecture at AAG 2010



The primary goal of the proposed research is to develop, test, and validate a prototype on-line vulnerability assessment support system (VASS) designed for local vulnerability assessment. A secondary goal is to determine what variables influence local decision makers to respond proactively to vulnerabilities. This paper describes the architecture of a web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) dedicated to model sensitivity, exposure, and adaptive capacity of systems affected by natural hazards within a defined territory. The architecture builds on the vulnerability assessment protocol proposed by Polsky et al. (2007) and implements a service web-based system according to the Vulnerability Scoping Diagram. A Service Oriented Architecture and a System Reference Model are built applying the viewpoints approach (see e.g. ISO/IEC 10746-3:1996) and the Use Case analysis (see e.g. Cockburn, A., 2006). The top level Use Case from the stakeholder viewpoint is discussed in detail to demonstrate how these types of GIS can be completely defined by applying the full set of appropriate viewpoints. Furthermore, since web service architectures can implement policies and system access procedures, it is envisioned how the system can accommodate multiple tiers of stakeholders with a wide range of background expertise and domain-specific experience.

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