About GIS

A simple definition of GIS is "a computer system capable of holding and using data describing places on the earth's surface." In actuality, GIS encompasses more than just a computer system. ... The strength of GIS lies in its ability to analyze spatial relationships between layers.

GIS stands for Geographic Information System. At its heart, GIS is software which combines spatial mapping and analysis with database management. It is a powerful set of tools for storing and retrieving data at will, transforming and displaying spatial data from the real world for a particular set of purposes.

At all levels of government, GIS can be used to help improve transparency, identify at risk communities and be used to help manage critical resources of the community.

But that’s just the start, here are some other benefits of GIS:

  • Improved decision by government officials
  • Layer complex data to drive improve decision making
  • Improved transparency for citizen engagement
  • Identify at-risk or under-served populations within a community
  • Improved allocation of resources and planning
  • Management of natural resources
  • Improved communications during a crisis
  • Cost savings by improved decision making
  • Planning for demographic changes to community etc.