With the development of world technology and innovation, Geographic Information System (GIS) has played a vital role in it. Especially in times of natural disasters or pandemics, scientists, governments, and private investors have used GIS to predict, analyze, and gather information for their following planned actions.
But how GIS and technology are important for digital development, can pass anyone’s mind. We are going to talk about that and some more today.
What is GIS
As GIS means Geographic Information System, it may sound like it may only predict the weather forecast and natural calamities, which is understandable. But it is something more than that.
GIS involves the study of any particular region or on a global scale using both hardware and software to analyze data collected from prediction and estimate from time to time. It includes cartographic, photographic, and digital data to get abrupt to a specific estimate of any organization’s goal.
In simple words, GIS is involved in even little as a personal investment in assets to a government’s strategy to develop a country. And that includes technological help every step of the way.
How GIS Is Necessary for Digital Development
While GIS is necessary to get the idea of any development, there are numerous GIS consultants and agencies who work in this field. Governments have dedicated GIS officials who work and predict different fields such as health, transportation, technological development, resource arrangement, agricultural growth, wealth allocation, and military protection.
In personal fields, any individual or organization can hire a GIS consultant who can do the work for them. Giants like Amazon, Microsoft, Tesla, Samsung, and Apple always rely on GIS data before launching and taking out a specific product or service.
They provide data on any specific area laid out on already existing maps with their accumulated data as an overlay to show how the outcome will be. This will include photographic, digital, and spreadsheet data. Which allows the intellects of the organization to proceed or develop certain fields to their advantage.
Involvement of Hardware & Software in GIS
As GIS involves software and hardware used for a very long time, with the invention of satellite data, drones, along with AI and other intelligent analyses to perform their respective task, the involvement of technology is evident. And to predict any near future for digital development is incomplete without the use of GIS for any organization.
Here is how a GIS process goes through before coming out as evident virtual data in front of anyone’s eyes.
- Gathering Geospatial data from satellites and maps
- Modeling and shaping it.
- Gathering of data from different sources (Digital & Hard copy).
- Inputting the Data into the software system.
- Projection according to different data analysis and collection.
- Correction, reordering, and presentation as a final project.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a GIS technician and analyst?
As the position is described, a GIS technician is the first level of being a GIS consultant. At this level, the person gets acquainted with the software, technology, and other aspects before they proceed to being a GIS analyst. A GIS Analyst on the other hand has prior knowledge of being a technician and can do analysis using software and collected data to give out the requested outcome.
What skills do you think are most valuable for a GIS specialist?
The most valuable skills for a GIS specialist to have is to have strong command over IT skills, can analyze complex data and present it in an understandable manner, detail orientation, clean and clear communication skills, thoughtful and quick to solve any complicated task.
Can I become a GIS analyst without a degree?
No. You must at least have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. 70% of GIS analysts have a bachelor’s degree while GIS specialists have a master’s degree.
Without the proper knowledge of any geographical information, any organization or government can’t move to a developing path or engagement. Using different modern technologies and involving AI in it, the process of GIS can be cut down into a matter of days or even hours to get the predicted outcome. Rather than waiting for a personal survey, involving both (GIS and Technology) every step of any development can be planned within a very short time. Which cuts down on time, resources, and management.