How to Translate GIS into Different Languages: GIS Around the World

Caitlin Dempsey

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The use of GIS around the world continues to grow.   

Daratech, a GIS research firm, found that the GIS industry grew worldwide 10.3% in 2010 to US$4.4 billion with a forecast of an additional 8.3% growth to almost US$5 billion  in 2011. According to a report on the GIS market from Global Industry Analysts, Inc (GIA), the GIS industry is expected to growth to a worldwide to US$10.6 Billion by 2015.

Esri, a GIS software maker, hosts one of the largest geographic information conferences in the world.  At last year’s 2012 International User Conference held in San Diego, over 15,000 attendees from 130 countries attended.

Map created by Esri showing where attendees at its 2011 International User Conference originated from around the world.
Map created by Esri showing where attendees at its 2011 International User Conference originated from around the world.

What is GIS in different languages?

Given the prolific use of GIS around the world, how many different languages is the term geographic information systems translated into?  Listed here is a growing list of the term geographic information systems (GIS) in different languages.

GIS in Different Languages

LanguageName for Geographic Information SystemsAbbreviation
AlbanianSisteme Gjeografike të Informacionit 
Arabic

نظم المعلومات الجغرافية

 
ArmenianԱշխարհագրական տեղեկատվական համակարգԱՏՀ
AzerbaijanCoğrafi informasiya sistemiCIS
BalarusianГеаінфармацыйныя сістэмыГІС
BasqueGeografia-informazioko sistemenGIS
BosnianGeografski informacioni sistemGIS
BulgarianГеографска информационна системаГИС
CatalanSistema d’informació geogràficaSIG
Chinese地理信息系统 
CroatianGeografski informacijski sustavGIS
CzechGeografický informační systémGIS
DanishGeografisk informationssystemGIS
DutchGeografisch informatiesysteemGIS
EestiGeoinfosüsteemGIS
EnglishGeographic Information SystemGIS
English (Canada)Geomatics 
EsperantoGeografia informa sistemoGIS
Farsi

سامانه اطلاعات جغرافیایی

 
FinnishPaikkatietojärjestelmä 
FrenchSystème d’information géographiqueSIG
GalicianSistema de información xeográficaSIX
Georgiaგეოინფორმაციული სისტემა 
GermanGeoinformationssystemGIS
GreekΣύστημα Γεωγραφικών ΠληροφοριώνΣΓΠ
Hebrew

מערכת מידע גאוגרפית

 
Hindiभूगोलीय सूचना प्रणालीभूसूप्रण
HungarianFöldrajzi információs rendszer 
IndonesianSistem informasi geografisSIG
IcelandicLandfræðilegt upplýsingakerfi 
ItalianSistema informativo territorialeSIT
Japanese地理情報システム 
Klingonpu’jIn De’ patmey (map information system) or Quv De’ pojwI’ (coordinates data analyzer) 
Korean지리 정보 시스템줄여서
LatvianĢeogrāfiskā informācijas sistēmaGIS
LithuanianGeografinė informacinė sistemaGIS
MacedonianГеографски информационен системГИС
Malayalamഭൂവിവരവ്യവസ്ഥ 
Norwegian (Bokmål)geografiske informasjonssystemerGIS
Norwegian (Nynorsk)geografiske informasjonssystemGIS
PolishSystem Informacji Geograficznej 
PortugueseSistema de informação geográficaSIG
RomanianSistem Informatic GeograficSIG
   
RussianГеографическая информационная системаГИС
SerbianГеографски информациони системГИС
Serbo-CroatianGeografski informacijski sistemGIS
Sinhalaභූගෝලීය තොරතුරු පද්ධති 
SlovakGeografický informačný systémGIS
SloveneGeografski informacijski sistemGIS
Sorani Kurdish

سیستەمی زانیاریی جوگرافیایی

 
SpanishSistemas de Información GeográficaSIG
SwedishGeografiskt informationssystemGIS
Tamilபுவியியல் தகவல் முறைமை 
Thaiระบบสารสนเทศภูมิศาสตร์ 
TurkishCoğrafi bilgi sistemiCBS
UkranianГеоінформаційна системаГІС
UzbekistanGeografik axborot tizimiGAT
VietnameseHệ thống Thông tin Địa lý 
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Caitlin Dempsey
Caitlin Dempsey is the editor of Geography Realm and holds a master's degree in Geography from UCLA as well as a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from SJSU.

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