U.S. Army Evaluation of the Electronic Map Data (EMD) Prototype
Technical rept. Nov 1990-Dec 1991
ARMY TOPOGRAPHIC ENGINEERING CENTER FORT BELVOIR VA
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This report provides a consolidated U.S. Army evaluation of the Electronic Map Data EMD prototype. This prototype was developed by the Digital Concepts and Analysis Center DCAC of the U.S. Army Topographic Engineering Center USATEC. The intent of this prototype was to refine Army map background requirements by providing a real example of an alternative product. Participants in the evaluation included program managers and support contractors representing the Army components, government agencies, and private industry. Overall, evaluator comments indicated that EMD, as defined by the prototype, cannot be definitively recommended as the Armys standard map background product. Although the color separate approach does provide desirable capabilities not afforded by a composite image map, these advantages are outweighed by inherent limitations associated with decluttering by color. From user feedback indications, the original documented map background requirement submitted to DMA, which was for a product that contains declutterable feature data, requires minimal storage, and provides normalized color across map sheets, remains unchanged.
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