A GIS represents features on the earth, such as buildings, roads, and cities on a computer. GIS is used to visualize, analyze, and understand data. Often, this data is viewed on a map, which provides an advantage over using spreadsheets or databases. Maps and spatial analysis reveal patterns, point out problems, and show connections that may not be apparent in a table or text.
GIS can be used to map dynamic events such as the path of a tornado, or the spread of a disease outbreak. Local governments use GIS to learn more about how and where their resources are used. For example, Public Works might look at a road segment and see how many repairs have been made and determine if it should be replaced.
By using GIS to reveal patterns, organizations obtain insight that can improve their performance and save time through greater efficiency, better decision making, improved communication, and more accurate geographic record keeping.
The Hopkins County GIS Office was formed in 2007. We provide GIS and mapping services to Hopkins County Officials, departments, other agencies, and the public.
Hopkins County Government Center
56 N. Main Street
Madisonville, KY 42431