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GIS Subject Guide: Getting Started

This Subject Guide provides you with many of the GIS resources you need to get started as well as continue using GIS in your coursework.

About This Guide

This guide is a collection of all the geospatial resources that are available to you from the Geospatial Centre.  The Geospatial Centre is the campus' hub for GIS resources, including GIS data, workshops, tutorials, assistance and software. This guide organizes all the resources that are available to you, the novice or expert GIS user.


What is GIS?

A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.

GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.

A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.

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Eva Dodsworth
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