Center for Geographic Information Sciences, Towson University
Data Center Description
The Center for Geographic Information Sciences (CGIS) is a self-supporting organization that provides geographic information systems (GIS) services in the Mid-Atlantic Region. In 1984, the Department of Geography and Environmental Planning at Towson University established CGIS to support the University's GIS and related courses. CGIS has expanded since then to include joint projects with and contract work for government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations. The CGIS mission is to assist, equip, educate, and empower its clients to effectively use GIS technology. As you will read in the following pages, CGIS offers a suite of services that provide the data, tools, and training necessary to integrate geographic data into critical day-to-day decisions.
To achieve its mission, CGIS possesses cutting-edge hardware resources and a superior software library that includes a full suite of ESRI products and several image processing packages to create, analyze, and manage geographic data. Most importantly, CGIS employs a cadre of full-time, degreed professionals organized to satisfy client and contract needs. In fact, while map-enabled technologies such as GIS require sophisticated hardware and software, the essential CGIS resource is the skill of its workforce.