The city-parish government will transform the lobby of City Hall on Wednesday to a display for the Geographic Information Systems, commonly known as GIS, department.

Department members will spend the afternoon showing off interactive web maps, paper maps, posters, videos and more of the visualization techniques they use to map out East Baton Rouge. The event is free, open to the public and will run from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the City Hall first floor lobby.

The presentation is part of a global “GIS day” that started in 1999.

“This open house is designed to demonstrate to the public the breadth of our GIS offerings and how critical this program is to informing how we use technology to make impactful decisions relative to the environment, economic development, and general health and welfare of all our residents and businesses here in Baton Rouge,” said Mayor-President Kip Holden in a statement.

City-parish workers will also demonstrate how to use some Open Data BR software, which ranges from showing geographic election results to listing employee salaries.

Baton Rouge was recently named one of the Center for Digital Government’s top 10 digital cities in the nation in 2015, in part because of new digital initiatives from GIS.

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