The DOMUS Project
DOMUS was a three year pilot project of the
Computer Science Institute of Unicamp, Brazil, for the development of a Geographic Information System (GIS)
for environmental control applications using an object oriented
This project involved experts from different areas, both in
Computer Science and in Geosciences.
Its aim was to develop GIS database tools and technology
to be used
by researchers in environmental control applications.
In the Computer Science side, the project involved researchers in
databases, computer networks, software engineering and image processing.
end-users (geographers and environmental planners)
are expected to have some experience in using GIS, but
no knowledge of DBMS technology.
Thus, the project's goal is to provide these users with
a friendly and extensible
environment based on an object oriented database.
The research and development efforts included using a
commercial object-based GIS - the ( SPRING ) system.
The project started in 1992, and concentrated on the following issues:
Since 1995, DOMUS was incorporated into the ( GEOTEC ) multi-institutional effort.
- Testing the validity of using object oriented
technology in the development of GIS applications, for
- Checking and extending present database research
in the support of GIS requirements
- Investigating the possibility of adapting or extending
available GIS in order to incorporate user-tailored
- Developing database tools for GIS application design and
development in the domain of environmental control
For more details on the project's state and its publications,
Claudia Bauzer Medeiros home page
IC - UNICAMP - CP 6065
13081-970 Campinas SP - Brazil