Geographic Information System (GIS)
A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer system capable of capturing, storing, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced information; that is, data identified according to location.
The power of a GIS comes from the ability to relate different information in a spatial context and to reach a conclusion about this relationship. Simply put, a GIS combines layers of information about a place to give you a better understanding of that place. What layers of information you combine depends on your purpose.
Our system contains over 30 layers encompassing Bossier City and some of the surrounding area. Each layer consists of specific geographic features such as buildings, pavements, water lines, etc. To make a map of the information, we simply turn on those layers we are interested in.
One of the main benefits of GIS is improved management of your organization and resources. A GIS can link data sets together by common locational data, such as addresses, which helps departments and agencies share their data. By creating a shared database, one department can benefit from the work of another—data can be collected once and used many times.
The old adage “better information leads to better decisions” is true for GIS. A GIS is not just an automated decision making system but a tool to query, analyze, and map data in support of the decision making process.
For example, GIS can be used to help reach a decision about the location of a new housing development that has minimal environmental impact, is located in a low-risk area, and is close to a population center. The information can be presented concisely and clearly in the form of a map and accompanying report, allowing decision makers to focus on the real issues rather than trying to understand the data. Because GIS products can be produced quickly, multiple scenarios can be evaluated efficiently and effectively. From zoning and fire prevention to road building, managers throughout the city utilize GIS data to assist in the day-to-day operations of their departments.
The following maps are intended for personal use only and by using, you are acknowledging that you understand the following disclaimer:
The City of Bossier City makes no claims as to the accuracy of the data depicted on these maps.
City of Bossier City Map