Glossary for Geospatial Science

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GIS:Geographic Information System. A Geographic Information System is a computer system designed to allow users to collect, manage, and analyze large volumes of spatially referenced and associated attribute data. The major components of a GIS are: a user interface; system/database management capabilities; database creation/data entry capacity; spatial data manipulation and analysis packages; and display/product generation functions. from USGS Open File Report 88-105 [A process for evaluating Geographic Information Systems]. In the broadest sense, a GIS is any integrated system of information that includes a geographic component.