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The Kansas City Arc/Info Users Group (KCAIUG) is a non-profit group which serves to inform and support people using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) within the Kansas City area and the States of Kansas and Missouri. The Kansas City Arc/Info Users Group (KCAIUG) is an informal, open membership users group that focuses on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related technologies (Global Positioning Systems, Aerial Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, etc).

The KCAIUG meets on or near the second Tuesday of every other month, January thru November. Meetings either start in mid afternoon or at 6 PM and last about 2 hours. The meeting location is determined by the hosting organization and will rotate monthly between different KCAIUG participants. The format, content and technical level of meetings are also determined by the host of the meeting. The focus of the group is on software written by Environmental Systems Research Institute but we do not exclude or ignore other demonstrations of other GIS vendor products.  KCAIUG meetings are open to anyone with an interest in using and applying Geographical Information Systems and related technologies (Remote Sensing, GPS etc.). There is no membership fee to join, and membership can not be validated.

The KCAIUG Web Pages are built to facilitate communication between the KCAIUG membership and the entire world. Check out the Site Map page for an overview of the group web pages. Please drop a note and offer any thoughts to improve the site or mention any difficulties that you encountered in the site as you surfed through it. If you are interested in finding GIS Work - check out the Jobs page. If you are interested in joining the KCAIUG - check out the Membership page. Check out the following pages for News, the local GIS Calendar and changes to the KCAIUG web pages.

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Property Parcels, River Channels and Watershed Boundary Map       Watershed Map
Land Cover and Drainage Map       Watershed Map
Agriculture Land Usage per County Map       Watershed Map
Digital Elevation Map (Terrain Model)       Watershed Map
Satellite Image (Urban Area, Harbour and Roadways)       Watershed Map
What is a Geographic Information System?

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is An organized collection of computer hardware, software, geographic data, procedures and personnel designed to efficiently capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze, and display all forms of geographically referenced information.

Although, the focus of a GIS is on the computer component and is most often used just for queries and map production the most important component of of a GIS is the data and the users and the procedures that act upon it.

A GIS is not just maps and pictures - it is a database of geographic features and attributes describing those features. An effective GIS is completely data-driven.

Want to know more ... ?
What is GIS? (Software Vendor Definition)
What is GIS? (Academic Definition)

More GIS-related Links than you can handle ...
ESRI Jumpstation
GIS Links and AGI Dictionary (University of Edinburgh, UK)
GIS Links (University of Utrecht, Netherlands)
GIS Research (University of Maine, USA)
GIS Metadata (Bureau of Land Management, USA)

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