Geographic Information Systems utilize data that has location information associated with it – a location such as an address or latitude and longitude. This leads to the ability to solve problems with an underlying spatial focus. Whether real-time sensing of scientific data, conducting market analysis, understanding socio-economic population trends, conducting epidemiological studies, or teaching kids how to better understand their world, GIS systems provide a unique way for students, faculty, researchers, and professionals from a variety of disciplines to understand, analyze, and visualize data in different ways.
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