W. M. Keck Foundation Geographic Information Systems Laboratory (GIS)
The rapid evolution of computers has allowed increased data management capabilities and the use of graphics in mapping applications. Geographic information systems (GIS), allows the user to model maps with selected features and surfaces on the computer. GIS provides a means for linking databases to maps, creating visual representations of statistical data and analyzing how location influences features and events on the earth's surface.
GIS helps to solve problems, easily store, retrieve, query, manipulate, send, receive, copy, and display spatial and attribute information. Educational professionals think that GIS acts as a catalyst for creative thought and problem-solving skills and facilitates spatial reasoning that supports higher levels of learning among students.
The GIS Laboratory at NDNU was funded by a generous grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation.
- Government: national, state, local
- Health and human services
- Public safety
- Infrastructure: power, water, wastewater
- Law enforcement and criminal justice
- Intelligence gathering
- International (government and non-government)
- International development
- International health
- Refugee issues
- Commercial (retail and wholesale)
- Archeological surveys
- Environmental surveys
- Epidemiological studies