User Interface Management System for GIS Applications

Period of Performance: 09/30/1993 - 01/30/1996


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Century Computing, Inc.
8101 Sandy Spring Rd
Laurel, MD 20707
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


Increasingly, system designers and developers look to graphic user interface (GUI) technology to implement modern computer applications. But as software becomes easier to use, the development costs soar; for example, it is common to see the user interface constitute 60% or more of application development costs. The proposed project is for development of innovative software tools, the purpose of which is to increase productivity of the system developers and to increase the quality of the resulting user interfaces. We specifically target applications for Geographical Information Systems (GIS), where the end-user manipulates vector-oriented overlays on a map background of raster data. The product will be based upon TAE Plus, a powerful and widely-used User Interface Management System (UIMS) developed for NASA by Century Computing. TAE Plus will be the UIMS "platform" which we will enhance with features specifically designed for GIS applications.