Enterprise GIS

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An enterprise GIS is a geographic information system that is integrated throughout an entire organization. This intergration allows for a large number of users to manage, share, and use spatial data and related information to address a variety of needs, including data creation, modification, visualization, analysis, and dissemination. [1] An enterprise GIS is a long-term or permanent creation in contrast to a Project GIS, which is a specially designed GIS that is used for a single project.

There are four general steps to building an enterprise GIS:

1. Determine the needs of the organization

2. Decide on data design such as organization, layout, metadata, etc.

3. Acquire the necessary data. This can be done through gathering in-situ data or copying the data others have compiled.

4. Building applications for and maintaining the database.

Enterprise GIS model also differs from Project GIS in data structure.

See also


  1. Wade, T. and Sommer, S. eds. A to Z GIS