The project will not only develop applications, but will help St Helena to manage the complex GIS software and have easy ways of updating data in the medium term future. As well as having well defined applications for mapping and spatial analysis, National GIS needs to consider many other issues, such as data needs, software and hardware, metadata, standards (projection and coordinate systems). By sharing resources and information in a structured database, and by documenting information in a catalogue, St Helena can streamline money and trained personnel to efficiently use the resources, and by using the current technology, can allow decision makers access to useful environmental information applications that can feed into development control, strategic planning, access issues and environmental management issues. The OTEP project hope to implement this plan, develop the key datasets and train personnel to use, manage and publicise the information to help conserve these vital environments by 2007. The diagram below attempts to conceptualise the information flow from data providers on the left providing raw data to a structured database which is reference through a metadatabase or data catalogue. Synthesis of various datasets and analysis techniques provide applications in the orange boxes which can then be fed to departmental users of for particular government meetings.
Although a small island with limited technical and human capacity, St Helena can still benefit from GIS technology for pertinent national applications, and help to sustain its globally important environment alongside everyday needs.