Project GIS

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A project GIS is a geographic information system that is constructed to accomplish a specific task or undertaking. Unlike an Enterprise GIS, which is a permanent system for permanently managing geographic information for a variety of ongoing applications, a project GIS is temporary.

Project GIS workflow

Although a variety of workflows have been developed for solving analytical tasks, such as the PPDAC Model, they generally follow the following process:

  1. Clearly define the problem to solve, whether it is a scientific research question or a resource management decision.
  2. Collect the necessary Spatial Data, either through data entry or gathering existing data from another source. Unlike an Enterprise GIS, designing a Data model is not as crucial in a project GIS.
  3. Preprocess the data into a form required for the analysis. This may include steps such as changing the Coordinate system, changing from one Data model to another, and Attribute reclassification.
  4. Spatial analysis procedures are performed to solve the given task.
  5. The results are reported.

After the goals are accomplished the data is no longer needed and can be discarded or archived.