The 5 Key Questions at the start of your GIS Project

By June 4th 2021

From our experience in helping organisations get the most out of the geographic data at their disposal, we’ve put together a quick set of questions to help you think about the most important aspects of your requirement.

1. Data

  • Data input – what is your data and in what format does it exist – hard copy, soft copy, CAD plans, Excel listings, Word document, or is there GIS-ready data available such as shapefiles?
  • Does the project require any source data extraction or data capture before we can start?
  • Does the data quality meet the needs of the project, i.e. is the proposed data fit for purpose in terms of accuracy, granularity and being up to date?
  • What other datasets might be needed; for example contextual base mapping and /or further additional data such as socio-economic or geo-demographic?
  • Are there licensing / copyright issues around the proposed datasets?

2. Audience

  • Who is the audience for the GIS project?
  • Is it a technical audience with good mapping skills, a scientific audience, the general public or indeed a mixture of different types?

3. Delivery format

  • How will the data be used; as a simple static image such as JPEG / PDF, as a light-weight online interactive map, within an existing GIS software package as a geodataset or even a tool to run semi-automatically?
  • Are accompanying tabular reports required as well?
  • Are any printed hard copy map outputs required?

4. People

  • If the project is being delivered for use in a GIS software environment, what is the skill level of these people and is training required?
  • Are the users of the analysis, tool or software capable of editing and maintaining the data in the future?
  • If they are only occasional GIS users, should another delivery format be considered such as a managed remote service?

5. Scope of Work

Is the scope of work and project brief fully understood in terms of a clearly defined methodology, objectives and deliverables?

We hope this quick guide has been helpful, now if you’re ready to discuss your project we’d be delighted to hear from you.

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