10 Reasons for Using a DGGS

User-Centric Inquiry
Ensure knowledge experts can ask “Where is it?” and “What is here?”. FIlters, Queries, Topology, Spatial Analysis, Image Processing, Simulations, and Computational Models are simplified by using a DGGS.

Global
A discrete grid addresses the entire planet equally - even at the poles. Any sized location, at any resolution, from continents to birdbaths, are integrated automatically.

Data Agnostic
There is no need for users to understand GIS. The DGGS harmonizes vectors and raster imagery and, regardless of scale, origin, spatial resolution, format, datum, or projections, integration of data is automatic.

Fast
A DGGS is optimized to provide the most efficient model to meet the  expectation of instantaneous results when accessing PetaBytes of disparate Earth data.

Accessible
Making location the index, complex geospatial data can be resolved to a simple cell. Access is ubiquitous and easy across distributed repositories of data.

Searchable
A DGGS indexes location, not as a point, but as an areal object. Source data is searchable because location becomes a high level key field in a database. It is the data values, not the data files, that are discovered, accessed, and integrated on-demand.

Net-Centric
Any user can find, use and share maps within the DGGS. The grid provides a common reference upon which to build a community of users who can pull data as required.

Distributable
The discrete grid ensures all data is tiled and ready for transmission in a networked environment. The DGGS is efficiently encoded and optimized for processing and streaming.

Space and Time
Using a DGGS, the user simply adds a discrete time stamp to a cell for critical event processing, animation, simulation, storytelling, and tracking.

Maintenance and Reuse
A DGGS enables single sources of data to be created, managed, distributed, secured, and archived directly by data publishers. Results of multi source data analysis and modeling can be republished, promoting a medium for sharing results and reuse of assets.

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