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What is GIS mapping?

GIS assists in our understanding of the world around us by bringing together maps and data for analysis.

GIS stands for Geographic Information System. It is software that blends the power of a map with the power of a database to allow people to create, manage and analyse information, particularly information about location.

Uses of GIS

Mapping data reveals information about locations and populations vital for a range of sectors, across health, education, manufacturing and insurance. GIS means the latest mapping data can be communicated and used most effectively.

GIS data

Use the links on this page to discover the uses of geospatial data, including types of attribute data in GIS and environmental GIS data. You can also visit our Developer area for GIS map and GIS application examples, tutorials and articles.

Register on our OS Data Hub for access to GIS software, map API's, and open location data.