Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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GIS is a rapidly emerging field in technology. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a database management system that handles large amounts of information in a digital map format. It organizes this information into computer databases, performs various data manipulations, and analyses and displays spatially referenced information both graphically and numerically.

GIS efficiently manages sophisticated databases by improving information management, resulting in better decision-making capabilities.

GIS technology is used by a wide variety of businesses and agencies. It has environmental applications, as well as planning, surveying, and mapping applications. It also applies to:

  • Election administration and redistricting
  • Infrastructure management
  • Oil, gas, and mineral exploration
  • Public health and safety
  • Real estate information
  • Research and Education
  • Transportation and logistics