A conceptual framework for incorporating cognitive principles into geographical database representation

Jeremy L. Mennis, Donna J. Peuquet, Liujian Qian

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The advancement of GIS data models to allow the effective utilization of very large heterogeneous geographic databases requires a new approach that incorporates models of human cognition. The ultimate goal is to provide a cooperative human-computer environment for spatial analysis. We describe the pyramid framework as an example of this new approach within the context of some important aspects of how humans conceptually store spatial information. The proposed framework provides the means to create multiple structural interpretations of observed geographic data and the ability to build knowledge hierarchies through the application of data mining and other statistical techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-520
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Geographical Information Science
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Library and Information Sciences

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