THREE QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

OF WKFS-PCI’S MAPPER MODULE

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

Dennis C. Dixon

B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1975

M.B.A. Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia, 1979

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A study submitted to Salem State College, Salem, Massachusetts, in

partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of

 

 

 

Master of Science

in

Geo-Information Sciences

 

 

 

Program Coordinator

 

Keith A. Ratner, Ph. D.

 

March 2007

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS…………………………………………………………............ii

LIST OF MAPS…………………………………………………………………………..iii

Abstract………………………………………………………………………………...…iv

 

 

CHAPTER                                                                                                                   PAGE

 

 

1.  INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………..…………1

 

1.1. Software and Data…………………………………………………………………….1

1.2. Problems..…………………………………………………………………………….1

1.3. Purpose.……………………………………………………………………………….2

1.4. Project Assistance…………………………………………………………………….2

1.5. Limitations………………...………………………………………………………….2

 

2.  LITERATURE REVIEW………….………………………………………..…………3

 

3.  HYPOTHESES…………………….………………………………………..….…..….3

 

4.  METHODS OF INVESTIGATION……………….………………………..……...….3

 

5.  RESULTS……...…………………………………………………..…………………..4

 

6.  CONCLUSIONS…………………………………………………..…………………..6

 

7.  APPENDIX…………………………………………………..…………………….…10

 

7.1. Mapping Data Layers…….………………………………………………………….10

7.2. Description of Mapping Software and the Mapping Data…….…………………….11

7.3. Definition of Terms…………..…………………..………………………………….13

7.4. Future Work and Development…………………..………………………………….14

 

8.  BIBLIOGRAPHY….………………………….……………..…………………….…17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIST OF MAPS

 

Map 1: Demographic Data for 815 Census Tracts in Connecticut                                       5

 

Map 2: Client Data displayed in Google Maps                                                                    7

 

Map 3: blue Census Tract Boundaries (Suffolk County, MA)

displayed in Google Maps                       8

 

Map 4: Census Tract Boundaries and Numbers (Chicago, IL)

displayed in Google Earth                       9

 

Map 5: Sample Bank and Demographic Data for downtown Boston, MA                       11

 

Map 6: Demographic Data for Census Tracts in Los Angeles, CA

displayed in Google Earth                     14

 

Map 7: Demographic Data for Census Tracts in Suffolk County, MA

displayed in Google Maps                     15

 

Map 8: Demographic Data for Census Tracts in Los Angeles, CA

displayed in Google Earth                     16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABSTRACT

 

THREE QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

OF WKFS-PCI’S MAPPER MODULE

 

by

 

Dennis C. Dixon

Salem State College, February 2007

 

 

 

Wolters Kluwer Financial Services – PCi division (“WKFS-PCi”) makes and sells database and mapping software (and data) to bank compliance officers, and their regulators.  The Internet, and programs associated with it (email, browsers, file transfer protocol, etc.), have greatly expanded the ability of organizations to both distribute data, and interact with data, over great distances.  If WKFS-PCi is to remain competitive in the business of selling Mapping Software, three questions must be answered:

 

1. Can the Internet be used as a channel to distribute data from WKFS-PCi (main office located at 130 Turner St, Waltham, MA) to the client (located in all 50 states, plus Alaska and Hawaii)?

 

2. Can the Internet be used as a network between software on a user’s computer and data residing on WKFS-PCi’s computer?

 

3. Can an Internet-based Mapping Program, using data residing on WKFS-PCi’s computer, be used effectively?

 

The resources used are actual office environments (PCi Services, 30 Winter St, Boston, MA and WKFS-PCi, 130 Turner St, Waltham, MA).  These environments include “average” computers (not “brand new” machines), and “generic” internal network configurations and firewall protocols (no experimental or beta software or hardware).

 

Primarily due to current firewall configurations, the answers to the questions, unfortunately, are all negative:

 

1. The Internet cannot be used as a channel to distribute large-size data files.

 

2. The Internet cannot be used effectively as a network between data and a program.

 

3. An Internet-based Mapping Program cannot be used effectively for Regulatory Compliance purposes.