All About GIS
Approximately 80% of the information generated and used by the City of Culver City is geographically based.
GIS is a computer-based technology that combines geographic data and relevant information about specific locations. This technology provides a way to systematically collect and manage location-based information that is crucial to local governments. GIS also facilitates the generation of maps that display a variety of information that relates to the City.
Simply put, a GIS combines layers of information
about a geographic location to give you a better understanding of that place.
A basic component of the system is digital, or computerized, maps and graphics. Through the use of intricate mapping software, the GIS can quickly produce full-color maps on a computer screen or on paper. These computerized maps are based on highly accurate field data and precision aerial photography. The maps typically show parcel boundaries, streets, buildings, utilities, topographic features, and a variety of other features normally found on city maps, plats, and plans. Database records
represent the second basic component of the GIS. These computer files contain a wealth of information about the city. Data such as property ownership, assessments, legal descriptions, land use, zoning, population and demographics, natural resources, utilities, building activity, and literally hundreds of other pieces of data are available through the system.
The maps and databases, when joined together in a computer environment, form the foundation of the GIS
and provides the base from which vast amounts of information can be stored, maintained, and analyzed to the fullest.
The system provides an opportunity to eliminate many space-consuming paper files and records. In addition, information necessary to answer citizen inquiries can be retrieved more quickly and will be consistently up-to-date. Finally, one of the main benefits of GIS is improved management of your organization and resources.