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© 2009, Mercury Z, inc. GIS Bring IT On GIS…..The What and the Where Physical Entities Rivers, Roads, Buildings, Towns…identify these as having locations Familiar Applications Google Earth, MapQuest, GPS …predominately navigational Other Spatial Related Entities Pandemics, Economics, Law Enforcement…identify these as events….but they too have a spatial component
© 2009, Mercury Z, inc. GIS Bring IT On GIS…..The What and the Where 80% of Data has a Spatial Component Pandemic….spans geography, populations, time Economics….bank failures impact communities far beyond the location of the parent corporation Law Enforcement…crime analysis demands complex analysis of numerous variables as they relate to location
© 2009, Mercury Z, inc. GIS Bring IT On GIS…..The What and the Where Some of the Differentiators of GIS? The ability to relate data in a spatial context enabling complex spatial analysis The ability to perform predictive analysis The ability to do what if analysis The ability to evaluate information over time Provide a defensible data source for decision making Perceptual to Factual….a picture is worth a thousand words
© 2009, Mercury Z, inc. GIS Bring IT On GIS…..The What and the Where Key Considerations Needs and Requirements...the who, the what, the how Establish accurate data sources…understand data sharing can promote accuracy and reduce costs Determine roles and responsibility…authors, editors, viewers Remember ….just because you can doesnt mean you should. Evaluate the data and its uses.
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