Method and apparatus for collecting and expressing geographically-referenced data

  • US 6,772,142 B1
  • Filed: 10/31/2000
  • Issued: 08/03/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/31/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A computer-implemented method for aggregating and expressing geographically-linked data provided by a plurality of observers, comprising the steps of:

  • a) providing an interactive map capable of receiving geographical location and associated data over the Internet from a plurality of observers;

    b) receiving a first geographical location and first associated data from a first observer;

    c) storing said geographical location and said first associated data received from said first observer in a database as data records according to said geographical location;

    d) receiving a second location and second associated data from a second observer;

    e) repeating steps c) and d) with said second location and second associated data;

    f) receiving a spatial query from a user specifying at least one location on said interactive map; and

    g) providing from the database the data records associated with the user-specified at least one location, the data records provided being from among the data records received from the plurality of observers and stored in the database.

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