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Geospatial Data and Resources: GIS

An introductional guide to the various types of geospatial data and avaiable resources for use within your projects.

What is GIS?

GIS (Geographic Information System) is an assemblage of computer hardware, software and geographic data designed to examine and present geospatial data by combining spatial mapping and analysis with database technology

The most widely used GIS programs/software

  • ESRI ArcGIS
  • Google Earth/Pro

Multi-disciplinary use

  • Geography/Cartography
  • Environmental Planning
  • Urban Planning
  • Business & Marketing
  • Government
  • Resource Management & many more

Many Outputs

  • Maps
  • Graphs & Reports
  • Overlay & Analyze Data from Multiple Databases
  • Geospatial Data Management
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