Good news: I have successfully defended my thesis.
Wireless-Mobile GIS is a very rapidly changing field. The technology
used such as the hardware, services and software, are changing very fast.
However, a framework was set for researching this field. First, the field
was researched from applications, to components, to linkages. This
framework applies both to current research and future research in the
Wireless-Mobile Geographic Information Systems (WMGIS) field. Next a
prototype application was researched and created specifically for a task
Geodetic Surveyors would perform. This application was built using
Wireless Applications Protocol (WAP) standards. It can be viewed on any
device that can view Wireless Markup Language (WML) content and GIF images.
The application was developed for Geodetic Surveyors. What it does is: the user
enters in the latitude, longitude and radius of their study area. When you click submit,
it takes you to a links page. The main link directs you to a page that has a map
of geodetic survey markers within the radius entered. The map also has a roads layer on it.
The other links include monochrome images of forest, wetlands, and grasslands. The zoom level of the maps
and images are determined by the radius entered. Although this application can be viewed on any
WAP browser that can view GIF images, it was tested and looks best on a Palm VIIx running the Neomar WAP browser.
I would like to thank my advisor, Dr. Michael Hodgson, Drew Varner
(Senior Consultant at Oracle) and Brenda Cook-Schafer (Infogation)
for their help.