Task
According to GIS.com, "GIS is a collection of computer hardware, software, and geographic data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information". That is a traditional developers' perspective on GIS. An alternative perspective is that of a user who is more interested in a solution to his/her problem. Your task is to identify different types of solution. ESRI, owners of GIS.com, give their views. How do they relate to the different GI solutions?
GI Solutions
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The functionality of a GIS as seen from a users perspective.

Source: Trodd N, 2003. Geoinformation solutions. GeoImaging and GeoInformatics.

Three Views of GIS
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Source: GIS.com. <http://www.gis.com/whatisgis/index.html> URL last accessed 18-10-2006.

Task
Understanding user needs is an effective method of identifying system requirements. The approach can also be used to evaluate whether technologies for handling spatial data are able to provide a solution to a specified problem. Your task is to develop an understanding of methods to assess user needs.
Assessing User Needs
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Source: Trodd N, 2006. GI Applications and User Needs Assessment. GeoImaging and GeoInformatics.
Task
Learn ArcGIS by completing the ESRI Virtual Campus course as part of the GIS workshop.
ArcGIS at Coventry University
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Learn ArcGIS Desktop (for ArcGIS 10)
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Source: ESRI Virtual Campus. Learn ArcGIS Desktop (for ArcGIS 10). <http://training.esri.com> URL last accessed 6-11-2011.

OrIf you are working with ArcGIS 9.3
Learn ArcGIS
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Source: ESRI Virtual Campus. Learn ArcGIS 9. <http://training.esri.com> URL last accessed 18-10-2006.
Task
Identify the main types of GIS software and summarise how they can be used to support different applications. Your task is to exemplify these applications using the ESRI product family.

GIS Software Overview
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Source: Longley PA, Goodchild MF, Maguire DJ and Rhind DW, 2001. Geographic Information Systems and Science. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. p. 164 - 180.
ESRI product family
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Source: ESRI Products > Product overview > All products <http://www.esri.com/products.html> URL last accessed 18-10-2006.