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Maps and Geographic Information Systems

Basic information about Maps and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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The Nation's Report Card 2010

The Nature Conservancy: GIS and Conservation

National Geography Standards

The National Geography Standards encompasses six elements and eighteen standards including the following:

The geographically informed person knows and understands...


Standard 1. How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.

Standard 2. How to use mental maps to organize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial context.

Standard 3. How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface.

Citation: National Geography Standards, Geography Education Standards Project. 1994. Geography for Life: The National Geography Standards. Washington D.C.: National Geographic Society Committee on Research and Exploration.