A small land use information retrieval system called MINIS (Multipurpose Interactive NASA Information System) has been developed. The system is written in Fortran IV for minicomputers with 32,000 words of core. It is well-documented, is designed for easy conversion among different minicomputer brands, and is available in the public domain. MINIS has a generalized query language to allow retrieval from different kinds of data bases and can provide graphics output of overlay maps on a Tektronix graphics terminal. A discussion is given of user experience, maintenance provisions, limitations, relation to other land use systems, and implementation problems. (MINIS presently runs on the Datacraft 6024, NOVA and PDP 11 minicomputers.) The paper also projects price/performance capabilities into the early 1980's for low-cost hardware (microcomputers, graphics displays, copiers) for running local land-use information retrieval and plotting systems in small offices.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of 43rd Annual Meeting of American Society of Photogrammetry held jointly with 37th Meeting of American Congress of Surveying and Mapping, Washington, D.C., February 27-March 5, 1977.
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    American Society of Photogrammetry

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  • Authors:
    • Seitz, R N
    • Keefer, R L
    • Britton, L J
    • Wilson, J M
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Pagination: 17 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00172492
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper 77-260 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 3 1978 12:00AM