Can you imagine a world without context? Every sentence you say having no relationship to what came before it? Every new skill you learn being mutually exclusive from what you learnt in the past?
Everyone, I’m sure, has experienced something they say being taken out of context. It’s misleading and often results in conclusions that are anything but the truth.
Context provides meaning and linkages between the simplest of everyday activities. Context matters.
Context is extremely important when working with any type of data. Data should be analysed with the tools that are purpose built for dealing with it. Nowhere is this context more important than with location data.
It’s simple. Data with a geographic or location component belongs on a map.
Working with spatial data in spreadsheets and databases is like working with revenue figures in a word processor. You may be able to see basic truths (if the numbers have gone up or gone down) but you can’t perform any calculations or analysis.
Why is every data type except geographic data housed in systems that are purpose built for handling it? Customer data has CRM, accounting data has financial planning systems and management data has ERP.