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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

GIS_LayersRealWorld_02.jpgThe City of Fargo GIS Department provides current and accurate geospatial information to all city departments. We also support, train and develop applications to assist city staff with all GIS-related projects and tasks. GIS technology makes information sharing among departments easier so that government can work as a single enterprise.

What is GIS? GIS is an acronym for Geographic Information Systems. In the strictest sense, GIS is a computer system capable of assembling, storing, manipulating and displaying geographically referenced information. A GIS is used to visualize and analyze geographic features and the data related to them.

Local, state and federal government agencies and private industries have been rapidly converting paper-based systems used to manage spatially (geographically) referenced data and information to highly automated graphics systems that integrate digital mapping with computerized databases. The vast majority of information the city maintains about its services, utilities and properties is stored in databases. With GIS, this data, or information, can be referenced to a location on a map. The real power of GIS is that it provides the ability to view all of this information "graphically" on a map. This provides a flexible set of tools to find solutions for real-world issues.