What is GIS?

A geographic information system, or GIS, integrates hardware, software and both spatial and tabular data. Together those components are used for capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. GIS provides a framework for gathering and organizing spatial data and related information so that it can be displayed and easily analyzed.

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1. What is GIS?
2. Why GIS?
3. What are the benefits of GIS?