Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
What is GIS?
A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.
What does GIS do?
GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.
The TCOG GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Program was started in May 2011 to help fulfill the needs of the Texoma Region. The GIS Program works to coordinate and collaborate with local governments, universities, and private companies to consolidate efforts as well as provide innovative solutions. These solutions help to inform citizens and allow local governments to make critical decisions that can sometimes be life-saving.
The GIS Program was formed from a partnership with local governments and the TCOG Public Safety Program to provide rural addressing initially formed the GIS Program. This collaboration has been very successful and allowed for TCOG to build increasingly important datasets that help make important decisions for a fast growing region.
The GIS Program encourages a spirit of cooperation among all GIS professionals by hosting GIS Regional Meetings. These meetings allow GIS professionals to compare notes, reduce duplication of efforts and receive advanced training.
The GIS Program also has worked diligently in the same spirit to coordinate regional aerial imagery acquisition. The region has been working to combine resources in purchasing these high quality images which has allowed for cost reductions for everyone involved.