3 Software structure and functions

Within the software different user profiles, workspaces, projects and filesets containing different files can be created.

  • User: Each user can be added by creating a new user account with the user name and a specific workspace.
  • Workspace: Each user has a workspace that can be created anywhere on the harddrive. This workspace contains all projects and project files. All changes that are made within the software will lead to according changes within the working space. Please do not change the filestructure or files within the working space as this may result in problems when opening the project in the software afterwards.
  • Filesets: Files are organized within filesets that can be created within the user interface. Any created fileset will result in the creation of a folder accordingly within the working space. Within these filesets (and folders within the working space) all files can be organized.
  • Files: Files are GIS data layers that can be ?? into or ??xported from the filesets in different formats.



Figure 3Grey file symbols display likages to original file sources and colored symbols hardcopies of files in your workspace

Find more information about the handling of the software under The graphical user interface Projectmangement and ??.

The software has been designed to support the different GIS data file formats asci, EsriGrid and geotiff. All imported files are links to the original files but hard copies can be created within the programme if desired. All functions are at first added to the file and have to be executed in a second step after all the settings have been made by the user.

Generally all functions within the program are classified within three categories:

  • Information Reader Functions: The functions within the category information are functions that do not change the file but give information about the present file e.g. mean, standard deviation or median (read-only functions).
  • Option File Changer Functions: The functions that can be chosen within the option file changer environment allow to create simple copies of the GIS layers or to change the present GIS layer by applying certain procedures, e.g. normalization or categorization (read and write functions).
  • Connection Functions: Connection functions integrate more than one GIS layer in a mathematical algorithm and result in the creation of new files (read and write functions with more than one file). These functions include for example subtractions, summations or calculating the mean value over different GIS layers. Furthermore this category includes functions that calculate correlation coefficients over different files.


Figure 4Different function categories of INSENSA GIS

Information readers, options and connections have to be added to the files before they can be applied. To add a function select one or more files go to Edit→Add in the menu and select information reader, option file changer or connection function. You can also right click on one file, go to Add and select the specific function category from the context menu.



Figure 5Add information readers, options and connections

After adding functions to your files they will be added in the filetree to the specific files. Connections will be in line with the other raster files. Functions have to be executed after being added to your filetree. To execute functions go to Edit→Execute in the menu and select inforreader, options or connections.



Figure 6Execute information readers, options and connections

When adding a function to your filetree, the function symbol is first displayed in grey and after being executed they are displayed in color.



Figure 7Executed and non executed information readers, options and connections

Find out about the different functions and how to use them at the sections on: