How GIS Works

Understand the World around You

GIS software is designed to capture, manage, analyze, and display all forms of geographically referenced information.

GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize our world in ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.

GIS software helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared—on a map!


How Does GIS Work?

A simple five-step process lets you apply GIS to any business or
organizational problem that requires a geographic decision.

Ask

Ask

What is the problem you are trying to solve or analyze, and where is it located? Framing the question will help you decide what to analyze and how to present the results to
your audience.

Acquire

Acquire

Next you need to find the data needed to complete your project. The type of data and the geographic scope of your project will help direct your methods of collecting data and conducting the analysis.

Examine

Examine

You will only know for certain that your data is appropriate for your study after thoroughly examining it. This includes how the data is organized, how accurate it is, and where the data came from.

Analyze

Analyze

Geographic analysis is the core strength of GIS. Depending on your project, there are many different analysis methods to choose from. GIS modeling tools make it relatively easy to make these changes and create new output.

Act

Act

The results of your analysis can be shared through reports, maps, tables, and charts and delivered in printed format or digitally over a network or on the web. You need to decide on the best means for presenting your analysis, and GIS makes it easy to tailor the results for different audiences.


Try It Yourself!

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