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 creation of maps that display thematic information as it relates to the City.
About GIS: Through the use of specialized mapping software, a visual geographic component representing locations of features (the map) is brought together with descriptive information (database records) about each of those features to bring deeper meaning to parcel delineations, streets, utilities, and a variety of other objects normally found on city maps.
This computerized map data are based on highly accurate field surveys, precision aerial photography and three dimensional terrain models which they are layered upon.
Database records may be directly embedded in GIS layers or bridged across from other systems that expand a wealth of information about the city providing information for such things as property ownership, assessments, legal descriptions, land use, zoning, natural resources, utilities, building activity, and literally hundreds of other pieces of data are available through the system.
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.