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Spatio-Temporal Database of Places Located in the Border Area

Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Military University of Technology, 00-908 Warsaw, Poland
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7(3), 108;
Received: 18 January 2018 / Revised: 14 February 2018 / Accepted: 12 March 2018 / Published: 14 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Storytelling with Geographic Data)
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As a result of changes in boundaries, the political affiliation of locations also changes. Data on such locations are now collected in datasets with reference to the present or to the past space. Therefore, they can refer to localities that either no longer exist, have a different name now, or lay outside of the current borders of the country. Moreover, thematic data describing the past are related to events, customs, items that are always “somewhere”. Storytelling about the past is incomplete without knowledge about the places in which the given story has happened. Therefore, the objective of the article is to discuss the concept of spatio-temporal database for border areas as an “engine” for visualization of thematic data in time-oriented geographical space. The paper focuses on studying the place names on the Polish-Ukrainian border, analyzing the changes that have occurred in this area over the past 80 years (where there were three different countries during this period), and defining the changeability rules. As a result of the research, the architecture of spatio-temporal databases is defined, as well as the rules for using them for data geovisualisation in historical context. View Full-Text
Keywords: spatio-temporal database; geographical names; geovisualisation; border area spatio-temporal database; geographical names; geovisualisation; border area

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Mościcka, A.; Kuźma, M. Spatio-Temporal Database of Places Located in the Border Area. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7, 108.

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