Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are so common today, they are often a staple in peoples’ daily lives: Google maps, geotags, restaurant locators, etc.
GIS can be used to speed up any process that formerly relied upon paper maps. Also as technology advances, a variety of data, organizations and industries stand to benefit from utilizing GIS.
The analytical functions of GIS mean that geographic information can be used in unprecedented ways. According to Esri, international GIS software and geodatabase management supplier, the strategic value of using GIS falls into five categories:
-Cost savings and increased efficiency
-Better decision making
-Better record keeping
In this nine minute video, leaders from the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri-Columbia sit down to discuss the basics of GIS, its applications and challenges.