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GIS Center: What is GIS?

Information and Resources Offered by the GIS Center at UC Merced.

Geographic Information Systems

GIS stands for Geographic Information System.  It refers to a system of cataloging, analyzing, and visually representing data that has a geographic component, meaning a way of identifying its location on Earth.  This allows you to draw a map showing where your data are and how they are related spatially.    

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See examples of storymaps using GIS

Click on the tabs above to learn about software and training available to you as a member of the UC Merced community.