What is a geographic information system (GIS)?
In its simplest form, a geographic information system (GIS) is a map. Take for example Google or Bing Maps, MapQuest, or the GPS device in your car. All of these systems use a map to allow the user to interact with location-based data. More specifically a GIS is a combination of computers, mobile devices, software programs, and databases that are used to create, view, store, and analyze spatial data. GIS allows a user to do anything from displaying simple data on a map, to storing and manipulating complex spatial datasets, to answering questions and solving problems related to spatial data.
How is a geographic information system (GIS) used?
The City of Perrysburg currently uses GIS in many different ways ranging from simple map production to precise GPS data collection. Both the Fire and Police Divisions make use of GIS as well as the Engineering Division, Planning and Zoning Division, Public Utilities Department, and the Public Service Department. GIS not only helps City employees, but the general public as well. Through our GIS and website, Perrysburg is able to provide vast amounts of information to the public.
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