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How to Determine Whether a Project Requires GIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies incorporate location into your applications and data sets. At the start of every project, you should review this list of questions to determine whether your project could benefit from GIS. If you answer “Yes” to any one of these questions, you should contact the Office of Geospatial Information and plan to include GIS as a functional area in your project.

  1. Does this project call for using or creating one or more maps?
  2. Does the project attempt to record or display locations of features (service centers, sites to be inspected, etc.).
  3. Does the project attempt to find features that are nearby other features, or that need to identify which county/district/jurisdiction a location falls within?
  4. Does the project mention geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), location based services or maps?
  5. Does the project include any of the following:
    1. Driving directions
    2. Locational data, such as X-Y or latitude/longitude coordinates, physical address, county, region, city, legislative district, etc.?
    3. Do addresses need to be standardized, validated and/or placed on a map, either as part of your current project, or in some potential future projects or analysis?
  6. Is there at any point within the scope of service the question raised:  “Where is …?”

If you have questions, feel free to contact the Office of Geospatial Information.

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