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Geographical information systems (GIS)

This guide contains resources for researchers about Geographical Information system resources

What is GIS?

A Geographic Information System (GIS) integrates hardware, software and data to capture, manage, analyse and display all forms of spatial data and imagery. GIS can be used to support decision making, in addition to visualising spatial data. Common types of analysis include:

  • Location, quantity and density of features
  • Spatial relationships and patterns
  • Temporal change

What is GIS? (Youtube, 1m:2s) - This video provides a brief introduction to GIS.

Using this guide

Use this guide to find:

  • Books and journals related to GIS
  • Information about GIS software and online tools
  • Authoritative sources of spatial data
  • Training resources