National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
Unit 01 - What is GIS?
- Author(s): Unit 01, CC in GIS
- Cowen, David
- Editor(s): Goodchild, Michael F.
- Kemp, Karen K.
- et al.
This unit attempts to put GIS into context, examining various definitions of GIS and considering the origins of the field. It describes the factors that differentiate GIS from other forms of automatic geographical data handling and gives a brief overview of the relevant application areas.