The purpose of this blog is to help people understand geospatial and it’s potential. In this post we’ll briefly look at one of the benefits of the technology:
The ability to better manage location information
In the digital age there’s little excuse for using paper maps unless a hard copy is specifically needed. Not that there’s anything wrong with paper. After all some readers prefer paper books over electronic devices in the same way that some professionals are more comfortable using and writing on paper maps
Nowadays however, with the massive amount of ever changing information available to us, static maps just don’t make sense. Thats why Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a system for managing information with a location was invented. Think of GIS as having your very own Google maps whereby you decide what information is made available to users.
For organisations who have embraced the locational aspect of their information GIS is the best solution for recording and reporting on the status and change of this information. To use some typical examples, urban planners use GIS to manage administrative and zoning boundaries, engineers use it with infrastructure asset information while environmental professionals use it to manage ecological, biological and other natural resource information.
Without going into detail about its analytical capabilities it is important to emphasis that GIS is really not so different from other information management systems which use local folder, database and server based datasets. It’s simply a matter of using GIS to ‘spatialise’ this information and working with it.
So if you are familiar with any other information system and understand its purpose then you are probably ready to learn more about this powerful geospatial tool. It will make you a more organised professional and will make your office tidier also.