last updated 25 Mar 2009
Geographic Information System (GIS)
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GIS - Geographic Information System
A system of hardware, software, and procedures for drawing and analyzing maps and data referenced by spatial or geographic coordinates. Becoming a standard for government projects.
Key characteristics are the support of overlays on maps and links to databases.
What Is GIS (pdf) at www.gis.com
FAQ's at www.census.gov/geo/www/faq-index.html,
Software overview at http://freegis.org/.
News Group comp.infosystems.gis is also available at Google Groups
- ArcGIS from ESRI is the dominant vendor with a package of programs including ArcView, ArcEditor, ArcInfo, ArcGIS Engine, ArcReader, ....
It has a steep learning curve.
ArcReader is a free download that runs on Windows 2000 SP3 - Vista and several Linux and Solaris systems.
- Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D is a GIS package from the makers of the top Computer Aided Design software package.
Good for incorporating scanned imagery.
- Intergraph GeoMedia is used on government security and infrastructure applications.
- GE Smallworld is popular for communications, utility and public systems.
GRASS GIS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) Open Source
Has versions for Linux and Mac OS X
Software page at gis.com
ArcView from ESRI
GIS Vendors and Related Software Developers at www.geog.ubc.ca
Free GIS and CAD Software
List of software vendors at the Census Bureau
GIS software resources at GISLounge.com
GID - Geographic Information System
NGS - National Geodetic Survey
SDTS - Spacial Data transfer Standard
Dictionary of Abbreviations and Acronyms in Geographic Information Systems, Cartography, and Remote Sensing from iFrance.com
Nautical Charting & Navigation at NOAA
North Carolina GIS Technical Advisory Committee Position Paper
US Public Land Survey System (PLSS) - Township and Range
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