A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.
GIS links information (attributes) to location data; such as people to addresses, buildings to parcels, or streets to city limits within a network.
As a mapping tool, a GIS combines layers of information to explain events, predict outcomes, plan strategies, and give a better understanding of a location and its surroundings.
A GIS can generate maps, globes, reports, or graphs depending on the user’s needs.
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How is GIS used in the City of Lake Elsinore?
The City of Lake Elsinore utilizes GIS as a resource for planning and infrastructure management, ultimately improving the ability to deliver services to its citizens. In addition, the real power of GIS is its ability to analyze patterns and trends among the different layers of information that the City purchases or generates and maintains.