Advantages and Applications of GIS: Advantages over Traditional Methods and Applications (Especially for GATE-Geospatial 2022)

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The advantages of GIS over traditional methods are as follows:

Summary of GIS Advantages
  • Improve organizational integration – GIS integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all form of geographically referenced information.
  • GIS technology can be integrated into any enterprise information system framework.
  • Provided high speed access to large database
  • It is easy to edit and update huge database
  • It enables spatial query (what is there?)
  • It helps to perform spatial analysis (for example, overlay)


GIS allows us to

  • View, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that expose relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports and charts.
  • Visualize spatial information.
  • Create maps with images.
  • Provide solutions for problems.
  • Allows you to map the location of objects.
  • Provide information to educational institutions and public.
  • Plan land use projects
  • Organize and centralize the data
  • Improve allocation of resources and planning
  • Manage natural resources
  • Improve decision making by saving costs
  • Integrate data form different sources
  • Explore geographic and thematic component of data

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