What is GIS?

Since GIS is still an emerging technology, five GIS experts would likely provide you with five very different definitions. For local government, GIS might be summarized in the following way: GIS brings geographic data from surveys, plats, spreadsheets, GPS units and paper files together within a computer network that is available to employees, officials and citizens for the generation of visual maps and reports; for tracking permits, fees and licenses; and for modeling, projecting and analyzing geographic data trends.

You may download the following brochure for more information:
An Introduction: Municipal Geographic Information Systems (85K)