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Matt Sheehan
Matt Sheehan
Matt holds an MSc in Geography and GIS. He has been working with clients solving problems with GIS for over 17 years. Matt founded WebMapSolutions whose mission is to put innovative, intuitive GIS driven applications into the hands of new and existing users.

Is Data the Ugly Duckling of GIS?

August 4th, 2016 by Matt Sheehan

You know the story about the ugly duckling. Poor little chap; taken for granted, disregarded, under-valued. Then one day he turns into a beautiful swan.

Is Data the Ugly Duckling of GIS?

In some ways that is GIS data. It was not that long ago that data was incredibly hard to find. Everything changed in the mid-2000’s with Google maps, Open Streetmap and others stepping up. Suddenly a whole variety of base maps were available. Many at little or no cost. In addition, data which sits on top of these basemaps – point, line and polygon layers in GIS speak – also was easier to find.

From famine to feast … data became taken for granted

Just like the ugly duckling data became under-valued. Ubiquitous and free was the assumption. How unfortunate!

Let me ask you this. How many projects stall because of a data problem? That is missing data, inaccurate data, or lack of understanding on how to find, convert and publish data. From our experience many.

Data is the life blood of your project. If you need answers to where questions, any solution starts with the right combination of complete and accurate data. Assuming the data needed is ubiquitous and free is a mistake many make. It’s one of the reasons as a company we spend so much time in our GIS Problem to Solution Path working with clients on data discovery. I’ll say it again data is your projects life-blood.

As Danny Kaye might say: data is really your beautiful swan:

Stuck on data? Contact us on 801-733-0723.

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