Information Systems traditionally involve the application of computing to solve the problems of organizations. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are characterized by data, spatial objects, which have locations (e.g. addresses, landmarks, geopolitical boundaries, etc.) and data associated with them (e.g. demographic information, value, etc.). While many associate GIS systems with scientific data, emerging applications and research involve solving problems which ask IS related questions about geospatial information and are applied in many situations including security, customer analysis, market analysis, site selection, and the sciences This workshop will give a hands-on overview of GIS using a variety of freely available tools and web-based datasets (US Census data, Google Maps, Open Source GIS (QGIS), ArcGIS) to give participants the knowledge needed to get started developing their own applications. Participants with laptops will create their own GIS application. A non-hands on version of the workshop was presented at AMCIS 2007 and at numerous national and international conferences.
Farkas, Daniel and Chen, Li-Chiou, "A Hands-on Introduction to GIS with a Simple Application to Wi-Fi Security" (2009). AMCIS 2009 Proceedings. 75.