The Geographic Information System (GIS) at the City of San Bernardino
What is GIS?
Basic Definition: A geographic information system (GIS) is a system for managing spatial data and associated attributes. In the strictest sense, it is a computer system capable of integrating, storing, editing, analyzing, and displaying geographically-referenced information. In a more generic sense, GIS is a "smart map" tool that allow users to create interactive queries (user created searches), analyze the spatial information, and edit data. (courtesy of Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia)
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How does GIS work?
The power of a GIS comes from the ability to relate different information in a spatial context and to reach a conclusion about this relationship. Most of the information we have about our world contains a location reference ... (Click here to learn more about how a GIS works.)
History of GIS at the City of San Bernardino
The City has had a GIS since 1987. It is currently composed of over 80 layers of graphics and data.(Click here to learn more.)
Two people are responsible for the maintenance and development of the City's GIS. Ruth Parish, graduate of California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, is the Geographic Information System Administrator and has been with the City since 1990. Matt Torrence, GIS Analyst started with the City in 1991. He is a graduate of California State University at San Bernardino. In addition to the GIS, Ruth and Matt are also responsible for managing the Windows Domain, anti-virus, anti-spam, file and email systems.
Available GIS Layers
The City of San Bernardino's GIS uses over eighty layers of information. A partial listing of this data can be found here. Available Maps & Data
Many different types of maps and map services are available. You can contact the GIS staff at 909-384-5947 or submit a service request to purchase maps and/or reports. You can also view many maps and/or reports through the following links.