What is GIS?

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a cutting-edge technology that is relevant in almost every industry and central to the operations of many organizations. GIS is used worldwide to present data graphically through maps, charts and graphs. Sales and marketing research can be done, environmental problems can be tracked, disease outbreak can be followed and maps of critical infrastructure can be developed–all through GIS.

GIS professionals use information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs and the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system to prepare maps in digital or graphic form. Cell phones and automobile navigation systems are able to operate accurately as GIS pulls information from a satellite and creates a map that can locate virtually anything on the earth's surface.

To learn more about GIS, visit GIS.com.

 

 

Updated August 22, 2013

 

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