2.3.3. Data visualisation and map creation

One of the main benefits of GIS is that it gives researchers the ability to visualize their data in a variety of formats, which enables the creation of new links and relationships between spatial entities while discovering spatial interactions that were perhaps unknown before. GIS is also a common cartographic platform which facilitates the production of maps, either to present a geographic area or the results of data analysis using spatial data. The results of GIS analysis can be displayed as maps using a variety of symbolisations and annotation features as the final step in a GIS investigation.