GEOG 583
Geospatial System Analysis and Design



Now that we have finished our foray into the nuanced world of programming languages, our last step on our journey through technical solutions for GIS System Analysis & Design is to focus on data and databases. In some ways, it is difficult to tease apart many of our most recent lessons, since technical choices are quite often intertwined with competing concerns. Some programming language choices may actually depend in part on what data types and databases you want to use and vice versa. Whether or not you need to deliver content via the web is also a factor in both decisions.

In this lesson, you will encounter some of the major data types and database solutions that are currently available when designing a GIS. What we'll cover here is by no means exhaustive, but it should help you establish a reasonable level of background knowledge on this topic.


At the successful completion of Lesson 8, students should be able to:

  • develop an understanding of data types and database solutions available for GIS Design;
  • review a recent technology trend and discuss how it relates to GIS Design;
  • begin work on the final draft of your term project based on your graded first draft.


Lesson 8 is one week in length. Please refer to Canvas for specific assignment instructions and due dates.


If you have questions now or at any point during this week, please feel free to post them in the General Questions Discussion Forum in Canvas. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses and comments if you are able to help out a classmate.