What is GIS?

March 3, 2016

Geographic Information System

GIS is simply putting data, notes, and information over a specific map to make an informed decision, solve a problem, and track progress. GIS today is done through software, but one of the first instances of “GIS” occurred in 1854.

Dr. John Snow used data and overlaid that data on a map of London to solve the Cholera outbreak. He solved the problem using this original form of GIS to find out that the water in specific pumps was contaminated.

A generic square placeholder image with rounded corners in a figure.OpenStreetMap of Seattle, WA.

Typically, the data and mapping occurs on a desktop using computer software. Geography plays a major role in business, science, government, and a multitude of fields to solve problems.

Geography is comprised of endless layers of information. GIS organizes this data, for specific purposes, and this makes maps easy to read for a variety of people and use cases.

GIS Definition: A geographic information system (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data.

GIS uses all the tools, maps, and data you need to analyze and understand how “location intelligence” can affect you and your business, thus providing the context to make better business decisions.

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What is Wolf-GIS? Wolf-GIS has put GIS in the hands of mobile users. Anyone can use this system, and you do not have to be familiar with GIS.