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What is the difference between GIS and a map?
GIS is a system of applications and processes that compares tabular data, similar to spreadsheets, and illustrates their spatial relationships. It allows for selective or discrete analysis thus producing informed decisions. The end results of the various analyses are usually "maps". However, the layman mistakes GIS as simply mapmaking.

A map is typically a static snapshot in time and is usually thought of as a cartographic output or product. Once created, the map does not provide any additional information other than what is represented on it.


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1. What is GIS?
2. What does having a GIS do for the average person?
3. What is the difference between GIS and a map?
4. What various kinds of information are available through the GIS at the City?
5. How can I learn more about the City's GIS?
6. What does the City currently use for GIS?

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