What is GIS?
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. Or, in simple terms: A computer system capable of holding and using data describing places on the earth's surface. A GIS combines layers of information about a place to give you a better understanding of that place. Which layers of information to combine depends on ones purpose - finding the best location for a new store, analyzing environmental damage, viewing similar crimes in a city to detect a pattern, and so on. The old adage "better information leads to better decisions" is true for GIS. A GIS is not just an automated decision making system, but a tool to query, analyze, and map data in support of the decision making process.
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Arizona Geographic Information Council
Why AGIC Exists
The Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC) was esta blished by Executive Order as Arizona's primary forum and advisory group for geographic information and geographic information technology issues and coordination efforts. AGIC recommends standards for the development and implementation of GIS technical strategies in order to provide a framework to optimize the State's investment in geographic data and technology. Through cooperation and partnerships AGIC facilitates the acquisition, exchange and management of geographic information and technology for the State of Arizona to benefit state agencies and the Arizona GIS community. AGIC meets on a regular basis and conducts an Annual GIS Conference to address and coordinate statewide geographic information and technology issues, requirements and solutions. economic and infrastructure resources of the state.
Just about anyone or anything can be associated with a known location in the world... an address, service region, or voting district... Geographic Information Systems (GIS) extracts patterns and trends inherent in locat i o n -based information.
AGIC 1616 West Adams Street Phoenix, Arizona 85007
AGIC 1616 West Adams Street Phoenix, Arizona 85007 602.542.4060 602.542.2600 (Fax)
Web Site: http://www.land.state.az.us/agic/agichome.html
The vision of AGIC is to facilitate the provision of credible, timely and accurate geographic information for widespread use by decision-makers and the citizens of Arizona.
Current ? State Representative to National States Geographic Information Council ? Annual State GIS Conferences (since 1993) ? Coordination of Statewide Transportation Database ? Developing New Statewide GIS Standards ? National Geodetic Survey State Advisor Sponsor ? AGIC Web Site for GIS Information and data ? AGIC Listserver as a GIS communication forum ? Outreach to Potential New Members ? Ongoing GIS Day Activities ? Ongoing coordination with State, Federal, Local Government and Private Sector organizations Completed ? Statewide Survey of GIS Community ? Statewide Hydrography Data (1:100,000) ? Acquisition of Statewide 1993 Landsat Imagery ? Instituted Arizona GIS Day ? Statewide Cadastral Integration Project ? Acquisition of State-wide Digital Aerial Photographs ? Launched Survey Control Clearinghouse ? Established Arizona Metadata Node ? Created Directory of GIS Professionals in Arizona
AGIC Member Agencies
State Department of Administration Department of Education Department of Water Resources Department of Commerce Department of Economic Security Department of Environmental Quality Department of Health Services Department of Revenue Department of Transportation Game and Fish Department Geological Survey State Land Department State Parks Arizona State University Northern Arizona University University of Arizona Federal Bureau Of Indian Affairs Bureau of Land Management Bureau of Recla mation Forest Service Geological Survey Natural Resources Conservation Service Private Sector Member at Large Regional Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Northern Arizona Geographic Information Forum Southern Arizona Geographic Information System Yuma Regional Geographic Information System County Government Arizona Association of Counties Municipal League of Arizona Cities & Towns
AGIC Mission Statement
The mission of AGIC is to coordinate the development and management of geographic information in Arizona. AGIC promotes the use of GIS and related technologies to address problems, develop plans, and manage the natural, economic and infrastructure resources of the state.
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Improve access to Arizona geographic information Provide recommendations to share and access geographic data Collaborate to develop high priority statewide data Conduct outreach activities to enhance the understanding of GIS technology Promote the understanding and use of geographic information Obtain resources for statewide GIS priorities
For additional information about AGIC and GIS topics, visit the AGIC Web Site, at: http://www.land.state.az.us/agic/agichome.html Or call AGIC at 602.542.4060.
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