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These systems are not just the software and hardware, but also, and most importantly, the collection of information (the database) about where geographic features (roads, buildings, fire hydrants, pipes, crime incidents, ponds, streams, etc.) are located in your community. Building this database involves compiling the information from maps and aerial photos, card files, people’s personal experience, or existing computer databases. A GIS database integrates all this information so that it can be used together and is accessible through a single computer, typically a personal computer (PC), or mobile devices or online.
In addition to making maps and maintaining the database, a GIS also makes it possible to ask questions that are typically difficult to ask without a computer:
A GIS can also be used to automate routine tasks. Sometimes the capabilities for performing these tasks (“applications”) will be “built-in” to the GIS software; often they will need to be developed using programming capabilities provided with the GIS software. Increasingly, “standard” GIS capabilities are being extended to include the more common applications in specific market sectors. Similarly, some consultants have applications that they sell and then install on your system and customize for your site. What will be true of your GIS will depend on the software you buy.
The GIS uses described below are typically activated by using a computer mouse to “point and click” on menu lists and other graphic objects that appear on a computer screen. Knowing what to click on is part of learning how to use the GIS. The actions selected with the mouse result in software programs performing the selected task. In other words, the only typing the user has to do is entering information requested by the software.