Title

Enterprise Campus GIS for the University of Redlands

Publication Date

7-2005

Committee Chair

Karen K. Kemp, Ph.D.

Committee Members

Brian Price, ESRI
Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.

Abstract

This project presents the design of an enterprise campus GIS for the University of Redlands (UoR) to enable easy and timely access to information on the University’s resources, promote efficiency and effectiveness, improve business workflow and support better decision making.

The purpose of this project was to design an enterprise campus GIS for the University of Redlands that would enable easy access to information on the university’s resources in a format that would be useful to the people who need to use it and at the right time. The specific objectives of this project were: identify the information needs of the UoR; identify the functions and applications requirements; identify the data requirements; identify requirements for a conceptual system design for data; propose the system scope for the enterprise campus GIS; develop the system design for technology recommendations; determine the system staffing and training requirements; identify the benefits of the enterprise campus GIS.

To achieve these objectives, user needs analysis was conducted that involved a review of the strategic business plan and goals of the University of Redlands, identification of the mandates and responsibilities of various departments in the university and interviews and meetings with representatives from various departments in UoR to determine the university’s needs.

The salient findings of this project are: 10 information products are required by various departments in the University. The needs analysis revealed that most of the departments need a map.

On the basis of the findings of this project, it is recommended that an enterprise campus GIS be implemented. An enterprise campus GIS will promote efficiency, effectiveness and improve information access to facilitate better decision making in the university. It is also recommended that a centralized architecture solution be adopted to implement the GIS. A centralized GIS environment, centered at Willis Center, will allow the university to consolidate server hardware, data resources and software support. In conclusion, this project offers recommendations that serve as a basis for the implementation of an enterprise campus GIS at the University of Redlands that meets the university needs.

Full text is available at the University of Redlands

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