Geographic Information System (GIS)
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GIS is a technology used to view and analyze data from a geographic perspective. The technology is a piece of an organization's overall information system framework.
Geography isn't just an academic subject, it's a serious discipline with multibillion dollar implications for businesses and governments. Choosing sites, targeting market segments, planning distribution networks, responding to emergencies, or redrawing country boundaries - all of these activities involve questions of geography.
GIS links location to information (such as people to addresses, buildings to parcels, or streets within a network) and layers the information to provide a better understanding of how it all interrelates through visuals. You choose the layers to combine based on your purpose. For a list of resources click "Data and Mapping Resources".
To learn more about GIS in general and the technology vendor we use in Lee County click "What You Can Do With GIS".
To learn more about how the Department of Human Services uses GIS and view or download snapshots (paper maps) of some of our existing projects click on "Human Services GIS".