How GIS affects your everyday life

Do you wonder how spatial information affects your life? Do you find yourself questioning yourself whether GIS is very important? You don’t have to be a GIS professional to observe how location is integrated to almost everything in the modern day. Below are several ways how GIS can impact your life.

A few years back, geo-technology was not appreciated well enough in Kenya. However, that is not the case anymore. Geospatial knowledge is now being used as the key to unlock how we understand our environment in very many ways. From the basics to specialization, tools to techniques GIS can greatly impact your life even without you knowing.

GIS information or data being used as evidence in a court of law is a great example. Although digitally produced information does not hold water in courts, if the prosecutor or defense lawyer can prove the information presented is raw or was altered carefully then the evidence is admissible in court. Imagine how maps and geo-statistical data can be critical in an environmental resource contamination case?

Another way GIS information affects you is accuracy of your individual records as well as privacy. Tax authorities, statistics bureaus, government agencies and security organization have databases full of your profile information. Such information contains your location details which are updated regularly depending on where you live at any one time. The only way to keep such records up to date without invading your privacy is by requesting you to alter any changes within your registered user profile.

If you are not convinced by the above-mentioned examples consider a scenario where a GIS expert produces inaccurate GIS data which harms you after consumption. Errors in geospatial data may lead you to a dangerous part of the forest while mountaineering or even cause a financial institution to set up a branch in non-viable market area that can lead to very serious consequences. You can file a law suit to claim damages by suing data analysts involved in producing misleading information. Inaccurate GIS information may also lead to ineffective policies and regulations. Law makers may attempt to control a trend that is believed to be increasing in a particular region thanks to inaccurate spatial data.

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Again, reproducing copyrighted data or information can be very dangerous. Whether you are an individual, a GIS professional or an organization, you are not allowed to freely use or even sell data that you have not produced. Remember, copyrights come in to play in order to safeguard the commercial products and services in the market.

Now that you know a few ways geospatial information affects you, learn more about GIS on this platform.

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