Geographic Information Systems is a technology that links geographic information (features) with descriptive information (attributes). GIS can be described as having multiple layers of data that are dynamically combined into a digital map. GIS is used to visualize, explore, query, edit, and analyze geographic information. One of the most valuable aspects of GIS is how data can be analyzed spatially. Features can be selected based on their location or spatial relationship to other features. To learn more about GIS, please visit the ESRI Website.
The City of Manhattan Beach won the Helen Putnam Award in 2000 for its Light Duty Program, in which injured employees on light-duty status collect features in the field for the GIS Program.