A geographic information system (GIS) consists of an integrated hardware, software, and data system that can capture, manage, analyze, and visualize diverse types of geographical information. GIS systems enable researchers to examine data in unique ways so that they can more readily observe and interpret relationships, patterns, and trends in complicated data sets. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is engaged in a variety of GIS-related activities and initiatives. The NCI GIS site was designed to provide a central source of information about GIS and related resources.
- About GIS provides general information about the website and the GIS Special Interest Group, links to online training courses, information on why spatial context matters, and how to contact NCI with GIS-related questions/comments.
- GIS at NCI provides an introduction to NCI's GIS tools and research and also describes efforts by NCI to develop GIS databases, engage in spatial data analysis, develop geovisualization tools, and communicate statistics.
- GIS Resources contains references and guidelines for conducting GIS research, links to organizations and other sources that can provide GIS-related information, and information about health disparities identified by GIS research.
- The GIS Special Interest Group, also known as GISSIG, is composed of interested NCI researchers and meets once a month to discuss current issues in GIS and its applications to cancer research.