Design and Implementation of a Coastal Resource Geographic Information System: Administrative Considerations

by Kenneth D. Haddad, Florida Dep of Natural Resources, St. Petersburg, United States,
William K. Michener, Florida Dep of Natural Resources, St. Petersburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a data management and information analysis system that allows the capture, synthesis, generation, retrieval, analysis and output of spatial data. It is a technology which is revolutionizing geographical analysis. As a coastal resource, GIS particularly has the potential to enhance most aspects of coastal management, primarily by providing access and manipulation of resource information and by translating disparate technical information into relational management information. The decision to implement a GIS represents a step into a highly structured and sophisticated level of data management. Accordingly. the most important component of successful GIS design and implementation is organizational executive and administrative support. Moreover, since data issues are generally the most important, yet least understood of the issues surrounding unsuccessful implementation of previous GIS, it is also important to include the technical user in the design of the system.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Information systems | Spatial data | Coastal environment | Information management | System analysis | Coastal processes | Coastal management

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