What is GIS?

GIS is a collection of computer hardware, software, and geographic data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.

Geography is a serious discipline with multibillion dollar implications for businesses and governments. Choosing sites, targeting market setments, planning distribution networks, responding to emergencies, or redrawing county boundaries-all of these problems involve questions of geography.

With a GIS, you can link information (attributes) to location data, such as people to addresses, buildings to parcels, or streets within a network. You can then layer that information to give you a better understanding of how it all works together. You choose what layers to combine based on what questions you need to answer.

City of Fort Smith
GIS Department

P.O. Box 1908
Fort Smith, AR

v: 479.788.8919
f: 479.784.2430