Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Have you ever used an atlas to find information on a country? Read maps printed in newspapers and magazines? Used the Internet to find driving directions or the navigation system in a car? Then you have interacted with geospatial technology, in particular a geographic information system (GIS). A GIS is most often associated with maps, however, this is only one way you can work with geographic data in a GIS. A GIS is a comprehensive database tied to features on the earths surface, with an integrated set of tools for querying, analyzing, and displaying geographic information. It is an Information System for Geography, a window into the database to support queries, analysis, and editing of the information about the surface of the earth.
GISs are rapidly gaining recognition as the primary means of dealing with information stored on maps. GIS careers exist in every imaginable discipline, with many applications in resource and environmental management, commercial business and marketing, urban and regional planning, defense, map production, research, and beyond.
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