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Apr 5 '19 at 7:04 comment added John Powell I think putting the map as the central element is wide of the mark. The geographic relates to the fact that the phenomena under study happen at some point in space (and time). Postgis, for example, is manifestly a GIS, it can handle raster, vector, topology, 3D, time, etc. You can write incredibly complex queries without ever going near a map. Agreed, maps are a powerful visualization tool, but, very much the output, not the input. The ever increasing volume of data, often in multiple dimensions (think hyperscpectral satellites), further makes the notion of the map as central to GIS obsolete.
Oct 23 '13 at 15:03 history edited Brad Nesom CC BY-SA 3.0
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Mar 2 '11 at 14:11 comment added Brad Nesom @George that would be statistics. The data is one of the most important pieces. There is a reason geographic is at the front. There are also answers you can't get without looking at the graphic output. That is the geo-graphic part.
Mar 2 '11 at 11:22 comment added George Silva I'm not sure if it's using a map. More like using spatial data. Maps are too narrow for GIS. There are questions that you can answer without even looking at the graphic output of data.
Nov 26 '10 at 18:19 history answered Brad Nesom CC BY-SA 2.5