The Changing Borders project displays many of the world's
most drastic changes in political borders. In order to demonstrate
these changes, we required a data medium that could present
this information. Geographic Information System (GIS) technology
is the standard for creating, analyzing, editing, and sharing
GIS is used in a variety of fields, including agriculture,
public information, telecommunications, and of course, education.
Now, GIS is making its way onto the internet, allowing geographic
data to be shared in an instant. While this does not alter
the purpose of GIS, it does open new doors for businesses
and consumers. A consumer can obtain up-to-date directions
via an online map, or civilians can find the new area code
of a neighboring city, simply by connecting to a website
with the appropriate data. In the case of Changing Borders,
students and history buffs can watch as the world molds
into its current condition.
would like to thank ESRI
for donating a copy of ArcView GIS, a software tool that
allows desktop GIS analysis. ESRI (Environmental Systems
Research Institute, Inc.) is the world's leading provider
of GIS software, according to computer industry analysts
at Daratech, Inc. Their support is greatly appreciated.