When speaking or writing about GIS all too often the concept in peoples' minds for Geographic Information Systems can be rephrased as "the software for map data". While software is integral to GIS, thinking of spatial software as the GIS is a narrow view, unnecessarily limiting our conversation and understanding.
I have some ideas about what the "system" in geographic information systems really means, which I'll throw into the punch bowl below, but let us hear yours first.
Secondly, is it too late to bring into public consciousness an expanded truer definition which will arise in answer to the GIS moniker, or do we need to find a new term to encompass it? if the latter, what do you suggest?