What Are Geographic Information Systems?

Geographic information systems are computer programs that capture, analyze, store and present spatial data. They make it easy to visualize and interpret geographic information. GIS queries can help users examine how geography affects:

  • Crime.
  • Traffic safety.
  • Home foreclosures.
  • Urban planning.
  • Resource management.
  • Environmental impact.
  • Emergency services.
  • Marketing.

For more information on geographic information systems, see GIS.com, the Guide to Geographic Information Systems.

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Date Created: June 18, 2009