What is GIS?

A geographic information system (GIS) is a system designed to store, edit, analyze, manage, and display all types of geographically-referenced data. In the simplest terms, GIS is the merging of maps, databases, and analysis. Web GIS, a specialized extension of GIS, takes GIS data and functionality to a larger audience through the Internet.

A GIS can be thought of as a system — it digitally creates and “manipulates” spatial features that may berelated by proximity, purpose, or application. A GIS is usually application specific, developed for a particular role or purpose, such as municipal management, emergency response, forestry, mining exploration, transportation networks, public utilities, and a myriad of other applications that rely on spatial data.

Therefore, in a general sense, the GIS term describes any information system that uses information. The main purpose of a GIS is to provide information to enable better decision making. GIS applications are tools that allow users to create interactive queries (user-created searches), analyse spatial information, edit data, maps, and present the results of all these operations.

Pacific Alliance Technologies provides proven geospatial solutions for municipalities and firms to manage, query and analyze their spatial information. Whether you are just starting to use a GIS system or you are using a solution from Autodesk, Bentley or ESRI, Pacific Alliance provides easy, flexible and affordable GIS services – from managing and creating workflows for your data, to creating and setting up web mapping sites, to customizing your GIS with other systems, including financial, design, asset management, or virtually any other system.

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