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Geographic Information Systems

A guide for GIS beginners


Welcome to the Geographic Information Systems Guide: An Introduction

This guide is meant to help you on your path to understanding GIS and related technology through recommended resources such a books, websites, and more.

Simply put, geographic information systems are computer systems that capture, analyze, and display geographical data of the Earth's surface.






Source: Daniele Masi. Territorial analysis assisted by GIS. Wikimedia Commons.


Use the following keywords to get started searching this subject area, especially helpful in One Search.

  • GIS
  • Geographic Information System
  • Digital Mapping
  • Global Positioning Ssystem
  • Remote Sensing
  • Aerial Photogrammetry
  • Aerial Photography
  • Photographic Ssurveying
  • Geographic Layer
  • Vector Data


  • Cartography
  • Geospatial Data
  • Geophysical Surveying
  • Spatial Data
  • Geodatabase