GIS is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing objects and events. It combines the power of an informational database with the visualization capabilities of an easy-to-understand map. Good decisions require good information, and producing good information requires powerful tools to help people think about data and information in new ways. With the visual power of a map, policymakers, City staff, and the public can consider and discuss a number of different issues with a common understanding of the situation and the probable implications of their decisions. Simply put, the City's GIS allows for better decision-making.
The City of Andover's GIS Department manages the information collected by various City departments, federal agencies, the State of Kansas, and Butler County. With GIS, staff can incorporate, visualize, and understand the relationships between different types of data to find new information. Then, staff and elected officials can present this new information more clearly to citizens through GIS. The use of GIS has profound implications in three major areas:
All departments of the City, and the services they provide, are impacted in some fashion by the use of GIS. GIS gives City departments the ability to provide an efficient storm sewer system and wastewater treatment process, to create and maintain a safe street network, and to protect the public safety of the citizens of Andover.
Governance & Public Policy
The ability to understand issues, evaluate options, select and implement policy, and evaluate policy consequences are all improved through the use of the City's GIS. This empowers the Andover City Council and other appointed officials to make informed governance and policy decisions.
Public Information & Community Engagement
The City's GIS allows for the presentation of complex data in a manner that is understandable, accurate, and truthful. It also allows the public to actively interact with data instead of just passively digesting it.
Web Map Applications
Web map applications allow policymakers, City staff, and the public to explore and interact with data. Each individual map offers various interactive options. For example, users can: explore the map by searching for an address, compare individual data with the data set's average, filter the map to only show specific data, or check the status of public or private projects happening within the City. The data is updated automatically as City employees perform their normal functions, so information is always current.
Click on the thumbnails to open each interactive map application.