What is GIS?

A Geographic Information System (GIS), is any system that captures, stores, analyzes, manages, and presents data that is linked to location. In the simplest terms, GIS is the merging of cartography and database technology. Geographic Information Systems are used in the following areas:

  • Cartography
  • Emergency management
  • Geography
  • Land surveying
  • Localized search engines
  • Navigation
  • Photogrammetry
  • Remote sensing
  • Urban planning

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1. What is GIS?
2. Where can I find more information about GIS?
3. What types of maps are available?
4. Are digital data sets available for the public?
5. What projection is the data in?
6. Where is the GIS Office located?