A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer system that is used to create and manage geographic data so that it can be used to answer questions and solve problems by being displayed on maps or used in applications.
GIS works by combining data with a location so that it can be seen from a geographic perspective. The data can be laid on top of other types of data or imagery to reveal patterns or relationships within it. This provides all Town staff with a powerful tool to make better decisions.
The GIS Office, housed in the Town's Information Technology Department, is responsible for:
Managing tools to develop, maintain, display, and analyze digital 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 applications for all Town Departments, Boards, and Committees
Providing GIS training and support to all Town employees