LRO has a GIS Analyst. What is GIS?
GIS is an acronym for Geographic Information Science or Systems. GIS describes both the analysis of spatial data and the software used for this analysis. Analysis of spatial data looks at how points, lines, and polygons (representing real things, places, and people) relate to each other and allows us to try and explain the “how” and “why” to find solutions. Think of anything with a place (i.e. school, city, or business) or space (i.e. district, park, parcel of land) as being spatial.
What questions can GIS answer?
• Where is a service provided?
• What are the demographics in a community?
• Which communities would be impacted by a new policy?
• Where are the communities with opportunities for growth?
• How does Nebraska compare to other states?
How is GIS used in the Legislature?
Since 1990, LRO has assisted with the redistricting process. In 2001 and 2011, LRO provided all of the legal, administrative, and GIS support for redistricting. Approved maps from 2011 are accessible online. GIS is also used to respond to research requests from senators and staff. GIS can help explain the impact of legislation by showing visually the people or places impacted by a policy.