Disadvantages of GIS: GIS Has Several Applications but Some Problems (Especially for GATE-Geospatial 2022)

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Disadvantages of using GIS are that its technical nature may portray results as being more reliable than they are and the errors and the assumptions can be hidden, leading to a lack of questioning into the results.

GIS Geographical Information System

Despite the numerous advantages that we have discussed for GIS, there are numerous drawbacks or disadvantages that this technology owes, some of the disadvantages are as follows:

  • Despite the crux of GIS lies on earth science and computer science, most of the solutions provided by GIS are applicable for humanities or studying behavioral patterns, for example, which would be the best location in the city to open another storefront for say Walmart (trying to understand human behavior of commuting and purchasing power) .
  • GIS data is expensive
  • Learning GIS is difficult for most scholars
  • Also, time taken to command the software can be too much
  • GIS provides spatial relationships but does not give an idea about the absolute problem
  • Cost related to training of the workforce
  • Installation and maintenance cost

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