, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 1–20 | Cite as

Innovations in Individual Feature History Management—The Significance of Feature-based Temporal Model

  • Jinmu ChoiEmail author
  • Jeong Chang Seong
  • Bora Kim
  • E. Lynn Usery


A feature relies on three dimensions (space, theme, and time) for its representation. Even though spatiotemporal models have been proposed, they have principally focused on the spatial changes of a feature. In this paper, a feature-based temporal model is proposed to represent the changes of both space and theme independently. The proposed model modifies the ISO’s temporal schema and adds new explicit temporal relationship structure that stores temporal topological relationship with the ISO’s temporal primitives of a feature in order to keep track feature history. The explicit temporal relationship can enhance query performance on feature history by removing topological comparison during query process. Further, a prototype system has been developed to test a proposed feature-based temporal model by querying land parcel history in Athens, Georgia. The result of temporal query on individual feature history shows the efficiency of the explicit temporal relationship structure.


feature history explicit temporal relationship temporal primitives feature-based temporal model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jinmu Choi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jeong Chang Seong
    • 2
  • Bora Kim
    • 3
  • E. Lynn Usery
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of GeosciencesMississippi State UniversityMississippi StateUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeosciencesUniversity of West GeorgiaCarrolltonUSA
  3. 3.Department of GeographySyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  4. 4.US Geological SurveyRestonUSA

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