GIS Data & Maps

A GIS (Geographic Information System) combines computer hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographic data. Data are represented as layers within a GIS as shown below.

Layers of a GISMaps are commonly associated with a GIS as they are the most visible component. A GIS will also use data captured by field observation using tools such as a Global Positioning System (GPS), location based information related to features on the ground, and information stored in standard databases. In essence, a GIS will allow a person to ask questions of or query a map much like they would a tabular database. For example, the county might want to know how many parcels in agriculturally zoned areas do not meet the minimum acreage required by the zoning code. Using layers representing county zoning and parcels, queries could be made to find out how many parcels are in an agricultural zone and which of those parcels are below the minimum acreage required under the agricultural zoning. With the necessary data, this query can be performed in a matter of minutes and displayed visually.

A GIS can link different data sets together by common location based data such as addresses or parcel numbers which can allow data to be shared between departments or agencies of varying specialties. By creating a shared database, one department can benefit from the work of another—data can be collected once and used many times.

Over the past few years, GIS data has become more and more prevalent on the internet due to advances in software and the proliferation of GPS technology. Many municipalities and other government agencies host websites that allow the public to view and query data much like any member of their staff would on a desktop application. These map services can range from visualizing zoning to retrieving permit information for a particular project. There are many applications of GIS technology in our world today.

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