Everything You Need To Know About G.I.S. Technology

April 20, 2017

G.I.S. technology is changing the way we interact with each other and our environments across the globe. How much do you know about this forward-thinking method of geographical analysis? Take a look at the informative guide below to map your way around geographic information systems.

What is a G.I.S.?

G.I.S. stands for Geographic Information System. A G.I.S. is a computer system used to capture, check, store, display, and map data related to events that occur on earth. A G.I.S. helps people to easily recognize, analyze, and understand patterns and relationships that occur on earth. What distinguishes G.I.S. from other software systems is that a G.I.S. integrates common statistical analysis with unique visualization and geographic analysis derived from maps.

What kind of information does a G.I.S. collect?

A wide range of information is collected for G.I.S. data:


  • Vegetation and soil varieties
  • Pollution levels
  • Census data
  • Level of human interaction with the environment
  • Physical sites of schools, factories, farms, bodies of water, and infrastructure

What do we use a G.I.S. for?

The information collected for a G.I.S. system is used to explain past and current phenomena as well as to develop strategies for confronting geographical concerns. G.I.S. data has been analyzed and used to identify everything from voting patterns to migration patterns to environments at risk and to address issues of overpopulation, crime, natural disasters, pollution, and more.

A G.I.S.  system makes it easier to create a comprehensive report of data, maintain relevant and updated maps, and to identify trends and change over time. A G.I.S streamlines the process of geographical data collection.

Businesses can benefit from utilizing a G.I.S. in decision-making processes. The use of a G.I.S. can help streamline the process of data analysis, help time management, make better use of resources and labor, and can save businesses tons of money!

How does information collection for a G.I.S. work?

Through the process of data capture, G.I.S. information is pulled from a variety of sources—map, digital, satellite, and table charts—and is added to a large database. The sources and maps are then aligned to fit the same scale.

In order to determine how a G.I.S. works, we must answer five simple questions.


  • What is the problem we need to solve?
  • What information do we need to solve it?
  • How can we acquire said information?
  • What conclusions can we make using this data?
  • What action steps do we need to take next?


What makes a G.I.S. such an essential and versatile tool is that we can layer all the gathered information to analyze and create real-world solutions.

With a wide range of applications, a G.I.S. can efficiently and effectively deliver real-world solutions to issues concerning a community. There’s no limit to what is accomplished with the help of G.I.S. technologies! For more information, visit GIS Workshop today.