What is GIS?

GIS is the acronym for Geographic Information System.  A GIS:

  • Is a comprehensive computer system capable of storing, editing, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced (spatial) information.
  • Is comprised of hardware, software, data, and most importantly people who are trained in using a GIS.  To see a flow chart that explains the basics of GIS click here (see MRPC GIS Flow Chart).
  • Allows users to visualize, question, interpret and understand spatial data in order to reveal relationships, patterns and trends.

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