I'm in the process for creating the GIS content for our new company website. So far, I am having some serious issues. GIS is a complicated subject. First off, most people coming to our website won't have any idea of what GIS is. Conveying this information is a task in itself. So far I've got a few ideas:
- A geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. GIS is becoming essential to understanding what is happening and what will happen in any given geographic space. Once we understand, we can prescribe action.
- A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computerized tool for mapping and performing analysis. GIS has changed the way we view the geographic world in which we live and the way information is transmitted.
- GIS (Geographical Information System) is a computer system capable of capturing, storing, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced information; that is, data identified according to its location. Our GIS helps us with many natural resource-based management projects, such as watershed studies, constraint mapping, and forest management plans.
- GIS (Geographical Information System) is the way to understand the natural world around us in the present and future. GIS is the new form of cartography, taking it to a whole new level. With GIS you can predict floods, identify natural areas in danger, find the best habitat for endangered species, plan cities into the future and communicate all of this information in a way that everyone can understand.
Next I work on relating it to our company, but that part is a little easier. Our company is a conservation authority in Ontario. Our main goals in the GIS department are to support our municipalities, manage flooding risks, protect the environment (animals and habitat) and help land owners with stewardship.
Basically I need some help from the GIS Pros on here to help me convey a good way to communicate what GIS is (in one paragraph) to a the non GIS population. I'll take links, edits, fresh ideas anything you guys have.