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Introduction to  Geographic Information Systems  (GIS) - with a focus on  localizing the MDGs Carmelle J. Terborgh, Ph.D. ESRI www.esri.com
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Flying Blind Jul 24th 2003 Jul 24th 2003 The Economist The Economist
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We Live in Two Worlds We Live in Two Worlds Self-Regulating Managed Natural World Constructed World . . . These Are Increasingly In Conflict 
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Watersheds Communities Neighborhoods Districts Context and Content Context and Content Patterns Linkages Trends Seeing the Whole Managing Places
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Abstracting the Real World Abstracting the Real World
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What is GIS? A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a  computer-based system including software,  hardware, people, and geographic  information A GIS can: create, edit, query, analyze, and display map  information on the computer
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Geographic Information System Geographic Information System Geographic  – 80% of government data collected is associated  with some location in space Information   - attributes, or the characteristics (data), can be used to symbolize and provide  further insight into a given location System  – a seamless operation linking  the information to the  geography – which requires hardware, networks, software,  data, and operational procedures  …not just software!  …not just for making maps!
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Who uses GIS? Who uses GIS? International organizations UN HABITAT, The World Bank, UNEP, FAO, WHO, etc. Private industry Transport, Real Estate, Insurance, etc.  Government   Ministries of Environment, Housing, Agriculture, etc. Local Authorities, Cities, Municipalities, etc.
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