A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a suite of software and best practices for working with spatial data (data that have a location component). Using a GIS, we can visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. These insights can help improve communication, efficiency, management, decision-making, and more. To learn more about GIS, you can start with this explanation from Esri or this article on GIS Lounge. You may also visit our Helpful Links page to connect with additional GIS resources in our region and beyond.