GIS or Geographic Information Systems is mapping technology that uses computers to collect, store, manipulate, analyze, and display data.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology works by linking information stored in databases to a place or location on a map. Since 80% of all information has a geographic component, the power of GIS can be widely used to support decision-making and problem solving across all sectors: government agencies, private and non-profit organizations, and the public. But GIS is much more than maps. Users can query the data and present the answers in maps, tables and other graphic representations to virtually see the issues before them and then select the best course of action.
GIS offers a reliable and cost-effective means for the sharing and analysis of geographic data among government agencies, private industry, non-profit organizations and the general public.
Background and History of GIS in the City of Boston
BostonMaps is a mapping platform which allows residents, City employees and visitors to visually display city data through maps. Using our simple mapping interface you can use an ordinary web browser to access City data from a variety of departments.
City Officials Impress with Maps at 2011 ESRI Conference
At the 2011 ESRI International User Conference, representatives from the City of Boston demonstrated the City's use of GIS applications to attendees, highlighting how the applications are being used to engage citizens and improve the City's efficiency and effectiveness.
Technology Solutions Award 2014
Public Technology Institute, GIS category for BostonMaps
Significant Achievement Award 2011
Public Technology Institute for SAM, Street and Address Management
Technology Solutions Award 2010
Public Technology Institute, GIS category for the GIS Data Hub
Special Achievement Award 2009
Esri for significant achievement in GIS