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Photo provided by NANCY CURRY -- Civic Association -- Baton Rouge officials Eric Romero, left, Baton Rouge's director of information services, and Warren Kron, center, the city's geographical information system manager, spoke to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations Nov. 12. With them is Nancy Curry, association president.

Baton Rouge has won national recognition for improving its technology in the past year, and the city-parish is asking the public to help make it better.

In a recent ranking of U.S. cities by the Center for Digital Government, Baton Rouge came in fifth among those with a population between 125,000 and 250,000. Several factors contributed to the ranking, such as outfitting all police officers with body cameras, collaborating with LSU and the Google-owned app Waze to study traffic and replacing outdated internal systems to make departments like public works more efficient, according to a city-parish news release.

The city-parish have invited the public to provide the information services department with feedback to help spread the release of government documents. Through Nov. 24, visitors to can see the latest technology proposal and give notes to help make the operations of government more transparent.

"This is a significant step forward for our City-Parish that will greatly expand our Open Data BR platform as we work toward an 'open by default' standard for all City-Parish data," information services director Eric Romero said in a statement.

Residents with an interest in technology are also invited to GIS Day at the Main Library at Goodwood Nov. 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

GIS, or geographic information system, is a type of mapping tool that can visually present and analyze large amounts of data. The city-parish's records are at Students have been mapping out important moments in blues music and points of interest in Baton Rouge history from the formation of Beauregard Town to the arrival of Standard Oil to the 1953 bus boycott. Their maps, and more information, is available at

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