Historic Background for
Ecology GIS Technical Standards



Geographic Information System (GIS)

Technical Standards

Washington State Department of Ecology

Information Services Council

GIS Work Group

October 30, 1995
Revised: November 18, 1997

Table of Contents

Background

Software Standards

GIS Software

GIS Operating System

GIS X-Terminal Emulation

RDBMS Operating System

RDBMS Software

Desktop Database

TCP/IP Network Connectivity

Desktop Mapping

Hardware Standards

RDBMS Platform

GIS X-Terminals

Peripherals

Application Development Standards

GIS Application Development Environments

GIS Application Development Approach

Programming Components/Coding Strategy

Graphical User Interface (GUI)

GIS Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC)

Data and Database Administration Standards

Spatial Data Management Strategy

Spatial Metadata Documentation

Data Coverage Naming Convention

Attribute Naming Conventions -- Logical

Attribute Naming Conventions -- Physical

INFO RDBMS Item Naming

Spatial Database Administration Standard Formats


Background:

The GIS Work Group was asked to document GIS standards needed in support of Ecology’s Information Integration Project (IIP). The IIP’s first business area design project, Facility Site, required a working set a comprehensive standards to ensure successful completion of the project.

The bullets listed under each specific standard include both:

Acknowledgments:

The GIS Standards Work Group was responsible for the development of the following GIS standards for the Department of Ecology. Participants included:


GIS Software Standards


GIS Software Standard

Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) ArcInfo


GIS Operating System


GIS X-Terminal Emulation Software

Hummingbird eXceed


RDBMS Operating System HP/UX


Relational Data Base Management System (RDBMS)

Sybase


GIS Desktop Database Access


TCP/IP Network Connectivity

Win 95/Win NT Native TCP/IP Stack


GIS Desktop Mapping Software

ArcView 2.x or greater


GIS Hardware Standards


RDBMS Hardware Platform

Hewlett Packard


GIS X-Terminals

Tektronix X-Terminal


GIS Hardware Peripherals

Plotters/Digitizers/Printers


GIS Application Development Standards


GIS Application Development Environments

AML, Avenue and MapObjects


GIS Applications Development Approach


Standard Programming Components/Coding Strategy

ArcTools Design & Coding Standard


GUI

ArcTools Graphic User Interface


Quality Assurance / Quality Control

GIS QA/QC


GIS Data and Database Administration Standards


Spatial Data Management Strategy

Washington State Geospatial Data Initiative Guidelines


Spatial Metadata Documentation

FGDC's Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata


GIS Data Naming Standard

GIS Data Coverage Naming Convention


Attribute Naming Convention

GIS Logical Attribute Name


Attribute Naming Convention

GIS Physical Attribute Name


GIS Physical Attribute (Item) Name

INFO RDBMS Item Names


Spatial Database Administration

Spatial Data Standard Formats Supported Within ArcInfo


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GIS Technical Standards, Washington State Department of Ecology - November 1997


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