GIS: Geographic Information Systems

GIS: Geographic Information Systems

According to Tufts University’s GIS Center, Geographic Information Systems, commonly referred to as GIS, is a set of tools and data that can help researchers, policy-makers, and community members visualize, explore, and interpret information across disciplines to understand spatial relationships, patterns, and trends.

GIS in its simplest form is a map with a database behind it of information that integrates layers of information about neighborhoods, cities, national or state parks, etc. Data such as demographics, transportation, business, schools, open space, are layered within these maps in order to be able to ask more interesting questions about the area.

GIS is often combined with other research tools and methods, making for a richer set of research questions, data and results.

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Last updated: 05/18/2012 10:11:25

Last updated: May 18, 2012 10:11am