The following excerpt is from What It Takes to Be a Smart Community, a white paper published by Esri®
"Every feature and resource in the community has a location. You can use that location within your GIS to look at data from various sources, systems, or departments. You can analyze community assets in relation to other assets or features of the community to gain valuable context and greater understanding. In this way, location is the common thread needed to create a complete view of what is happening.
When you look at a map, you inherently start turning that map into information by finding patterns and assessing trends that otherwise would not have been uncovered. This is spatial analysis. When you see information about your community on a map, you understand where resources are located and where they will need to be in the future."
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