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What is GIS and what is it used for?

A Geographic Information System (GIS) "integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information" (ESRI).

There are many, many applications for GIS and many disciplines use GIS to map and study their research.

  • social workers map food deserts in cities
  • sociologists map the community changes based on race, religion, ethnicity, etc. of an area

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