geographic information system
- noun a computer system for capturing, manipulating, analysing and displaying all forms of geographic information.
- (written as Geographic Information System)A computer system utilized for capturing, storing, analyzing, retrieving, and displaying spatial data. Used, for instance, to create, access, manipulate, and view maps. May refer to the complete computer system, or just to the software utilized. Its abbreviation is GIS. Also spelled Geographical Information System.
- synonymGeographical Information System (written as Geographic Information System)
- noun a type of database which is sorted on geographical data, such as a census, or one which provides maps on-screen.