As the future GIS professionals, students of Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering also need to be aware of the importance of archiving GIS Systems and geodata it contains. That is why I was invited to present a lecture on the topic. The main takeaways were:
- In the information age, data is gold, so we need to archive geodata in order to be able to use it in the future in order to assure legal safety, to support business information systems and provide reference maps in order to understand how decisions were made in the past.
- Out of 5 basic components of GIS (Hardware, Software, Data, Processes, People), we can not archive all of it.
However, we can gather enough information in order to replicate the logic of the system in the future with whatever system we have available in that moment. So the key elements we need to store are data, processes, organisation logic and as much knowlagebase as we can.
- In order to provide a safe way for long term preservation of GIS systems and geodata is to use standards, which ensure that we will be able to use it in the future.