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South Carolina Uses Server-Based GIS

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) has many GIS users with different skills and needs. It has adopted a server-based approach to GIS to better serve these users. This article compares traditional GIS with server-based GIS in terms of data storage and the distribution of GIS applications. It discusses how to develop a GIS system that can scale to match growing GIS needs without complex renovations and GIS data security.

GIS personnel are responsible for simultaneously creating and maintaining spatial data, authoring maps, and conducting spatial analysis based on an organization's business needs while leveraging that spatial data throughout the enterprise. To do this, a GIS department needs a sound GIS implementation plan for carefully selecting the software and hardware most suitable to the size, volume, and type of workload.

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