What is GIS?

Much more than a Map, GIS is a window to the world

GIS integrates data from diverse sources creating intelligent maps that can be used as tools to digitally visualize, analyze, and model real-world situations. By overlaying different information, GIS can answer complex questions such as how many houses will be impacted by a flood, is there is a relationship between residential crime and proximity to a highway, or how will a new commercial development affect endangered species? Private-sector companies and public organizations use GIS to harness their resources more efficiently when planning and decision-making.