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Geographic Information Systems Center

The GIS Center conducts and disseminates Geographic Information Systems education and research to foster a highly-skilled, multi-disciplinary GIS workforce and to confront spatial challenges important to Wisconsin’s citizens.  Whether you’re new to GIS or are a seasoned GIS professional, the GIS Center’s learning pathways and research programs will augment your personal or organization’s capacity to use GIS tools efficiently and effectively. 

What is GIS?

Our personal and professional lives are permeated with spatial information or information about places.  Geographic Information Systems or GIS uses computer hardware and software to collect, maintain, analyze, visualize, and communicate spatial information.  GIS helps its users better understand and interact with the world around them. 

Why Study GIS?

Money Magazine lists GIS Analyst among its Top 100 Jobs in the United States.  The U.S. Department of Labor reports that employment numbers in GIS are growing and that growth is anticipated to accelerate.  Geotechnology is recognized as one of the three most progressive professions today, alongside nanotechnology and biotechnology.