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 (Source: ESRI).
GIS at Boulder County
Since 1987, GIS technology has become an integral part of almost all of Boulder County’s governmental functions including:
- Emergency and law enforcement
- Floodplain management
- Land use planning and zoning
- Open space acquisitions, operations, and management
- Precinct delineation
- Property assessment
- Public health
- Road construction and maintenance
- Snow plowing
- Wildfire mitigation