CHAPTER 8

Making and Sharing Maps and GIS Data

GIS stands for Geographic Information System, which is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present spatial or geographic data. That is a mouthful—but basically GIS lets you go much deeper into spatial and geographic knowledge than a simple map ever could. If you have ever used a Garmin or your smartphone to get driving directions, you are already familiar with how useful GIS technology can be. In this chapter, we will look at how to use open-source GIS and maps to bring some geographic firepower to your projects.

Open-Source Maps

Maps are useful for planning a trip or just gathering information about our world. Many of us depend on maps for getting around, which ...

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