In this lesson, you have learned about prototyping, its importance, and how to create your own prototypes using a digital mockup tool. Prototypes can run the gamut in terms of complexity from very simple paper prototypes to fully-featured digital prototypes, and each has its place depending on the type of GIS system you are designing.
This week, we also covered the emerging technology trend of volunteered geographic information (VGI), the impact of which we are seeing nearly every day in the form of new user-generated mashups and contributed geospatial data. VGI is here now, and though some debate its possible longevity, it is almost certain that future GIS systems will need to account for handling various types of VGI.
In the next lesson, we will look at ways to make decisions on technology choices once you've developed a solid design and are ready to begin implementation.
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