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The Purpose of the GIS Division is to provide mapping and geographic analysis for the Hattiesburg urbanized area to all city departments and the citizens of Hattiesburg. Our GIS activities focus principally on:
GIS is more than making maps. It links "information to location" and provides a powerful tool to visualize the relationship between layers of geographic information. A GIS (Geographic Information System) is a computer system capable of assembling, storing, manipulating, and displaying geographically referenced information, (i.e. data identified according to their locations). Simply put, a GIS combines layers of information about a place to give you a better understanding of that place. Some common examples would include: finding the best location for a new store, analyzing environmental damage, viewing similar crimes in a city to detect a pattern, etc.
GIS is a technology that links geographic information (features) with descriptive information (attributes). GIS can be described as having multiple layers of data assembled into a digital map. GIS is used to visualize, explore, query, edit, and analyze geographic information.
One of the most valuable aspects of GIS is how data can be analyzed spatially. Spatial querying is the process of selecting features based on location or spatial relationship. The animated image below illustrates how a user can quickly identify all addresses within 500 feet of a Metro stop.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR MAPS PAGE TO VIEW OUR MAPS ONLINE
IF YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC REQUEST FROM OUR DIVISION USE THE GIS MAP REQUEST FORM (in Adobe .pdf format)
OR YOU CAN CONTACT US AT:
308 Newman St.
Hattiesburg, MS 39401