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Background: What is GIS?

  • Author(s): 01, CCTP;
  • Goodchild, Michael F.
  • Editor(s): Palladino, Steve;
  • et al.

This unit provides the instructor with a simple overview of GIS. After learning the material covered in this unit, the student should be able to provide a general definition for GIS; list some of the application areas of GIS; provide examples of how GIS is used; and describe topics that will be learned in an introductory study of technical GIS.

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