GEOG 583
Geospatial System Analysis and Design

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In this lesson, you have received an introduction to the basic concepts associated with designing systems, including background information on design philosophies and potential pitfalls. Design means many things to many people, but in our case, we are focused on an iterative process that identifies requirements, develops concepts, creates prototypes, and implements final tools. Through the entire process, it is essential to include evaluations to ensure quality.

This week, we covered our first emerging technology trend. I've created a page for every lesson that focuses on a different technology trend that I think is relevant in some way to future GIS systems in terms of their design and implementation. When we are concerned about planning future GIS systems, it is essential to become aware of new technology trends that could significantly impact how systems work in the not-too-distant future.

In the next lesson, we will explore methods for identifying system requirements as the input stage to GIS system design. This is the phase where you must figure out who will use the system, what tasks the system will support, and what technologies must be brought to bear.

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