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The Earth Observing System, Geographic Information Systems (EOSGIS) Data Translator Development Project
Entry ID: eosgis_data_trans-00
Abstract: The objective of this project is to develop generalized two-way data format
translators (EOSGIS) between HDF-EOS and ARC/INFO format. The EOSGIS
translators will be able to translate HDF-EOS swath, grid and point data to
ARC/INFO coverage and grid formats, or vice versa. The translators will be
developed using C language to access HDF-EOS and ARC/INFO data. The developed
... translators will be distributed on the World Wide Web as public domain software
and users will be able to directly download translators and their
This project will facilitate data distribution, sharing and utilization. It
will enhance global change research and broaden the usage of HDF-EOS data to
non-global change communities. The availability of HDF-EOS data to GIS will
increase EOS data analysis power since GIS is a power tool for global change
research. After EOSGIS translators are added to HDF-EOS tools, they will
increase the data ingestion capability of EOSDIS and help global change
researers on data integration and analysis.
Using the three HDF-EOS models and the ARC/INFO data formats as a basis, we
developed EOSGIS two-way translators. The translators written in C are
generalized programs that can translate any HDF-EOS data. Grid and swath models
are translated to ARC/INFO grid ASCII and GeoTIFF formats; and the point model
is translated to the ArcView shape point format.
ISO Topic Category
Use Constraints Translators are available for the following platforms:
SGI IRIX 5.3, SUN Solaris 2.6, Windows 95/NT
The EOSGIS translators are developed and maintained by Laboratory of Advance
Information Technologies and Standards, Center for Earth Observation and Space
Research, George Mason University. Permission to use, ... modify, and distribute
this software for non-profit purpose is hereby granted, provided that the above
copyright notice appear in all copies and that both the copyright notice and
this permission notice appear in supporting documentation.
THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE UNIVERSITY "AS IS" WITH NO WARRANTY OF ANY
KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. In no event shall the University be liable
for any damages suffered by the users arising out of the use of this software,
even if advised of the possibility of such damage.
Asrar, Ghassem and Reynold Greenstone, MTPE EOS Reference Handbook. Maryland,
US: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, 1995.
ESRI, Understanding GIS--The ARC/INFO Method. Cambridge, United Kingdom, UK:
GeoInformation International, 1997.
Klein, Larry, David Wynne, Doug Ilg, Joel Gales and Raj Gejjagaraguppe, HDF-EOS
Library User's Guide for the ECS Project. Maryland, US: Raytheon Information
Technology Systems, 1997.
Wharton, Stephen W. and Monica Faeth Myers, MTPE EOS Data Products Handbook.
Maryland, US: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, 1997.
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