The design of the Southwest Geospatial Network (SWGeoNet) portal using a requirements elicitation process

Priscilla R Taylor, University of Texas at El Paso


Southwest Geospatial Network (SWGeoNet) is a distributed information system accessible through the Internet that will permit users of the geosciences community to share and contribute knowledge from the transition zone between the Colorado Plateau and the Basin and Range Province. It is being developed in collaboration with the Departments of Geological Sciences and Computer Science at the University of Texas at El Paso and the Department of Geological Sciences at Arizona State University, and it will become a virtual organization node on the Geosciences Network (GEON) grid for geospatial information. The goals of SWGeoNet are to facilitate the access, analysis, integration, and visualization of geospatial data for use by scientists, policy makers, educators, and the general public. In addition, SWGeoNet will provide users with the ability to share tools and databases in an effort to promote interdisciplinary research that can be used to analyze and address various phenomena related to the structure, evolution, and dynamics of the Earth. The types of geospatial data provided through SWGeoNet include data such as gravity, heat flow, aeromagnetic data, digital elevation models, remote sensing, seismicity, active faults, and other basic geographic data. The presentation layer of SWGeoNet is being developed as a portal, i.e., a web application interface that serves as a secure, single point of interaction with content, processes, and applications from geosciences. The objective of this thesis is to design the portal for the SWGeoNet system presentation layer that meets the needs of geoscientists and is based on a well-defined process and traditional software engineering methods. ^

Subject Area

Computer Science

Recommended Citation

Taylor, Priscilla R, "The design of the Southwest Geospatial Network (SWGeoNet) portal using a requirements elicitation process" (2005). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1425909.