Web GIS (Geographic Information Systems) About Page

Welcome to the City of Ventura's GIS site. A geographic information system (GIS) is any system that captures, stores, analyzes, manages, updates, manipulates, and displays data that are linked to location. In the simplest terms, GIS is the merging of cartography, statistical analysis, and database technology.

The City of Ventura was one of the earliest adopters of this technology declaring in the original 1987 Request for Proposal that "the system is intended to complement and significantly enhance existing applications...to organize and relate all locational information in mapped form. It will be utilized by all departments to varying degrees primarily for analysis purposes rather than to create official record quality maps." By the end of that year, Ventura became one of the first local governments in California to begin using GIS technology.

Today, GIS is used more than ever in the City of Ventura. It provides the critical spatial element needed to support enhanced decision-making for economic analysis, smart growth, infrastructure maintenance, and public safety. It is now being integrated with all other major software applications including Permitting and the Police CAD (computer aided dispatch) system.

The GIS Division of Information Technology is an internal service for use by City staff on City projects. We hope that through the addition of these interactive mapping applications and by providing local information in its geographical context, we will improve the transparency of government and increase the civic engagement in our community.

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