Geographic data (geodata) is information that is linked to a specific geographic location on the surface of the Earth. It may include data on topography, administrative boundaries, natural resources, land use, vegetation, transportation networks, urban areas, natural hazard zones, and many other geographic features.
Geodata is collected using various data collection technologies such as levels, total stations, GPS/GNSS antennas, lasers, and drones equipped with measurement sensors. Geodata is often stored in geographic information systems (GIS) for visualization, analysis, and management. GIS is specialized software that allows the creation of maps and models using geodata.
Geodata is used in many fields such as urban planning, land management, natural resource management, risk management, environmental monitoring, navigation, agriculture, industry, public services, and many others.
Geodata has become an important resource for many businesses and organizations that use this data to make informed decisions and optimize their operations based on geographic location.
There are many sources of geodata, which can be classified into two major categories:
- National governments and local authorities often provide official geographic data, such as cadastral data, census data, topographic data, and environmental data. Examples in the canton of Neuchâtel include SITN and the cantonal statistics office.
- National geospatial agencies, such as Swisstopo, produce topographic maps, satellite images, and other geographic data. The recent free dissemination of this data is a major asset for GIS.
- International organizations (WHO, UN, FAO) provide geographic data on the environment, food security, public health, and other areas of global interest. These data are more difficult to use in a communal context and should be used with caution.
- Geodata produced by surveying of the surveyor.
- Private companies, such as telecommunications companies and transport companies, often collect geographic data for their own use, but may also make it available to the public.
- Online communities, such as discussion forums and social networks, can provide informal geographic data, such as geotagged photos and comments on places of interest.
- Crowdsourcing projects, such as OpenStreetMap, allow users to collect and share geographic data.
- Satellite images, aerial photographs, and radar data are often accessible from commercial and academic sources.
Our team of geomaticians carries out geodata digitization work by maximizing the use of existing information sources.
Entry of data collected in the field and from various stakeholders in order to materialize the land on computer support. Our teams, their experience, and their knowledge of the trades are at your disposal to provide you with a consistent, sustainable, and quality geodata basis.
Archival data entry
Entry of data from old paper plans in order to centralize all this information and computerize it, ensuring its sustainability and easy accessibility. No more accumulation of paper plans, binders, sketches, and various documents. Our collaborative and human approach makes it possible to collect valuable information held in the memory of employees and materialize it.
Data entry in compliance with current standards as well as constraints specific to each company. In partnership with your project managers, we build the databases you need. We also provide you with our experience by giving you the benefit of synergies with other clients.
Collection of existing data
Ordering and exploiting geodata from official or unofficial sources. Today, there are many geodata accessible to everyone and often sufficient to produce a spatial analysis on your territory.
Data exploitation in order to fully utilize the power of information that is centralized and well-structured on a daily basis. Valorization is one of the main objectives of the previous data digitization work. We guide you in the valorization of your data and provide essential keys for decision-making. The objective responds to the following adage: a map is worth a thousand words! This know-how is the result of management and planning experiences within large client companies.
Statistics & reporting
Data processing enabling continuous and reliable responses to questions from executives and policymakers. Statistics and reporting are the result of a major digitization investment. In addition to classical results, we can present relevant statistics to offer you better perspectives.
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