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GIS Guide to Good Practice
Section 1: Aims and Objectives

1.2 How best to use this guide

Ideally any individual or institution involved with, or planning, a GIS-based exercise with the long-term aim of depositing the resultant data with the ADS should read the guide in its entirety. In many cases, however, practitioners will only be dealing with one particular stage of the overall process, and to reflect this the guide has been structured into clear thematic sections. Individuals are advised to read the Sections relevant to the task at hand carefully.

As has been mentioned, throughout the sections are lists of information that it is critical to record for the purposes of producing an efficient, well-documented GIS database and for ensuring that the resources generated can be effectively archived and re-used via the ADS. For ease of use, this information is presented as a number of clearly bulleted lists within the main body of the sections but it is also crucially important to realise the cumulative nature of metadata. For example, if a practitioner's immediate concern is with the integration of a number of paper maps into a GIS, using a digitiser to create a number of vector layers, they should take careful note of the following:

To assist this process of identifying relevant information and to ensure that adequate metadata is recorded, Section 7.3 contains a number of optimum pathways, like that illustrated above, which guide users through some of the more common GIS-related tasks and operations.


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