Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Technologies
- Produce maps in order to integrate, manipulate, and analyze spatial data and related statistical or descriptive data. GIS provides tools for integrating, querying, and analyzing a
- wide variety of data types; scientific and cultural data, satellite imagery, and aerial photography, as well as original data you collect. This guide provides a sample of resources loosely classified geographically and thematically for common information needs.
- Contact the Library for help finding GIS.
What are the building blocks of a Geographic Information System?
1. Numerical Algorithms - enable you to assign data to a geographic reference.
2. Statistics. Data sets visualized with layers and oriented geographically.
3. Optimization: The ability to orient the GIS to a particular area of research.
LINK to a larger explanation of GIS.
We can help you:
- Locate, interpret, and visualize GIS data.
- Incorporate GIS into your projects.
- Access Open Source Internet Mapping.
Adapted from Boland, Maeve A. "Geographic Information Systems." Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics,edited by Carl Mitcham, vol. 2, Macmillan Reference USA, 2005, pp. 856-857.Gale Virtual Reference Library, Accessed 26 Sept. 2017