In this lesson, you have learned the fundamentals associated with data and databases. Just like programming language choices, decisions on data and databases are tough and will depend a great deal on whether or not you are forced to deal with legacy systems and whether or not you have access to an IT professional who really understands how to deal with customizing commercial and/or open source solutions.
This week, we also explored the emerging technology trend of Smart Dust. It's pretty hard to imagine Smart Dust *not* involving an explicit geospatial component, but I think there is room with this technology to think well beyond the simple applications that the military may be interested in facilitating at the moment.
In the next lesson, we will wrap up the content of this course with a focus on user evaluation. Evaluating the outcomes of a GIS design project is critically important, and it's something we've been touching on throughout the content so far. Next, we'll look in depth at what evaluation can and cannot do, and how to shape your own evaluation activities.
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