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Lineage in GIS: The Problem and a Solution (90-6)

  • Author(s): Lanter, David P.
  • et al.

This paper focuses attention on a fundamental geographic structure: the GIS application. Lineage documentation specifies an application’s source data, transformations, and input/output specifications. Such information is inherently causal, communicating the theory embodied in a GIS application and the meaning of its product. A number of techniques for automating lineage information are examined. None are found to be capable of documenting data lineage.

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