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Project Work Plan
Greater Everglades Science Program: Place-Based Studies
Project Work Plan FY 2003
A. GENERAL INFORMATION:
Project Title: South Florida Information Access Geospatial Interface
Project Summary: The South Florida restoration effort requires multidisciplinary information relating to present and historical conditions for use in responsible decision-making. The South Florida Information Access (SOFIA) database is the cornerstone of information management for the South Florida place-based science program. Currently, the SOFIA web site and database does has a minimal geospatial interface which relies on the Geo-Data Explorer (GeoDE) system developed by the USGS Energy Resources Program in Reston. A geospatial interface using currently available commercial software (ArcIMS) is needed to develop a more easily maintained and user-friendly interface. Developing an interface that is directly connected to the SOFIA website and database will provide a more stable long term solution to providing a geospatial interface. The interface development was started in FY02.
Project Objectives and Strategy: A geospatial interface will be developed using ArcIMS software. The interface will provide a means of accessing information stored in the SOFIA database and the SOFIA data exchange web site through a geospatial query. The spatial data will be served using the ArcSDE software, which provides a mechanism for storing spatial data in a relational database. A spatial database will be developed from existing data sets, including national USGS data sets, the Florida Geographic Digital Library, and other available data sets. Additional data sets will be developed from the published data sets available from PBS and other projects.
Potential Impacts and Major Products: The SOFIA GIS interface provides geographical interface to the data stored in the SOFIA database.
Clients: All government agencies, educational institutions, and public and private organizations responsible for, doing research on, or interested in the Everglades restoration.
B. WORK PLAN
Title of Task 1: Design and Maintenance of Geospatial Interface and Database
Task Summary and Objectives: Complete the design of the geospatial interface and publish to the web. A prototype is planned for release late in FY02 or early in FY03. Populate the geospatial library with background data layers from existing data layers. Develop data layers representing the location of USGS data collection sites. Develop data layers representing published USGS products, such as geologic contour maps. Many of these data sets will be used for the Atlas being prepared as part of the SOFIA database project.
Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures: