Technologies for dealing with spatial data are being applied to geographic problems in
growing number of situations. Geographic information systems (GIS) are used by agencies in
the public sector, in private industry and consulting, and in research and education.
Applications range from mapping fields and forests, to land use planning, to routing
This web site is designed to provide the public with a brief orientation
to this type of data and provide examples of how this technology is being used in western
North Carolina. Individual web pages describing specific examples comprise the bulk of
this site. These pages were contributed by individual users and their employing
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The idea of this site was originally conceived in meetings with Wally Bowen (MAIN),
Neil Thomas (Resource Data Inc.), Tom Tribble (NC-Center for Geographic Information and
Analysis), and Scott Pearson. Glen Locascio (RDI) assisted in proofreading contributed
pages. Martin Johnson designed the prototype layout for individual pages. Danny Peck
performed most of the HTML coding for the book and assisted with layout. This product
would not have been possible without the generous individuals who contributed
information about their uses of this technology. This work received financial support
from the US Geological Survey and the Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN).