What is a Geographic Information System?
A Geographic Information System, or "GIS", is "an organized collection of computer hardware, software, geographic data, and personnel designed to efficiently capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze, and display all forms of geographically referenced information." (source: ESRI) Within a GIS , geographic data is organized into a series of thematic layers and tables. GIS provides all Town staff a powerful tool to make better decisions through query and visualization of geographic information.
What is the Mission of Wellesley's GIS Office?
The GIS Office, housed in the Town's Network and Information Systems Department, is responsible for:
- Managing tools to develop, maintain, display, and analyze digital base map layers,
- Implementing policies and procedures to ensure geographic data quality,
- Building applications that link base map layers to other spatially referenced data,
- Producing maps and reports for all Town Departments, Boards, & Committees, and
- Providing training and support to all Town GIS users.