What is GIS?
GIS is an acronym that stands for Geographic Information System. GIS is a method of combining databases of information with mapping tools to allow for us to view, understand, query, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, reports, and charts. In an instant, you can visually identify features in a visual representation that would take much longer to find in a printed report.
GIS can provide accurate answers to questions such as:
Where is a item located? (tax parcel, road, school, etc.)
What is it adjacent to?
What is its relationship to other items?
GIS provides the ability to see on screen or in map form, only those items that meet specific selection criteria.