Lawson State Community College GIS

Lawson State Community College GIS A geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends.

The Geographic Information Systems Technology program integrate concepts, methods, and tools for collecting, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data, including physical, environmental, social, and economic information. An education in this rapidly growing professional and scientific field leads to careers in the public and private sectors as geographic information systems (GIS) analysts, programmers, or technicians, or as cartographers or remote sensing analysts. GIS technologies are applied to wide-ranging fields with interests in spatially distributed information such as transportation, environmental and resource management, marketing, facility management, healthcare delivery, homeland security, agriculture, and urban planning. • Employment of surveying and mapping technicians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. • Recent advancements in mapping technology have led to new uses for maps and a need for more of the data used to build maps. As a result, surveying and mapping technicians are expected to have more work. • The digital revolution in mapmaking has created a need to harmonize property maps made the traditional way by making maps based on data fed into a geographic information system (GIS). • Cities, towns, and counties are finding that the data gathered by surveying and mapping technicians are crucial in implementing systems integration, which is the process of putting onto one map all the information about wires, pipes, and other underground infrastructure. That way, a city, town, or county can upgrade the entire infrastructure under a street at the same time, and thus have all needed construction done as one project. This coordination of all such construction projects results in savings for the local government. • The median annual wage for Surveying and Mapping Technicians is $39,670.


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GIS In Law Enforcement

Whether you are an officer on patrol, an analyst looking for patterns and trends, or a manager allocating resources, GIS is valuable for all aspects of law enforcement [PDF].

Today, law enforcement agencies face new tasks and challenges. To address these ever-expanding responsibilities, GIS can help leverage the massive amounts of location-based data collected each day to create actionable intelligence you can use and share.

GIS provides solutions used by thousands of agencies worldwide for investigations, operations, planning, and administration. ArcGIS helps with

Crime and investigative analysis [PDF]
Data fusion [PDF] and intelligence analysis [PDF]
Tracking vehicles and personnel
Corrections [PDF], parole, and probation
In-vehicle mobile mapping
Traffic and accident analysis
Intelligence-led policing [PDF]


Geographic Information Systems for healthcare organizations: a primer for nursing professions. The sharing of spatial information among members of the health sector can have vast strategic and operational benefits. Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, can be a key technology in optimally using this information. There are two types of applications under GIS: (1) studying health outcomes and epidemiology and (2) studying and informing healthcare delivery. With the advent of GIS that can be used over the Internet, a wider audience of decision makers and stakeholders now has the opportunity to use these technologies through something as simple as a Web browser. There is a small but growing number of published articles giving examples of using GIS for nursing practice and research. However, increased efforts are needed to make nurses, other health professionals, and health organizations aware of the possibilities of these information products for empowering their decision making. An incremental "capacity building" approach is proposed as the best way forward for sustainable and sustained nursing GIS development. The aims of this article are (1) to provide a brief nontechnical overview for readers not familiar with GIS, (2) to provide a framework for the adoption of GIS in health service organizations, and (3) to identify ways in which GIS can impact on the nursing management of patients.


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