EBRGIS Program
Frequently Asked Questions   

What is GIS?

A geographic information system (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present spatial or geographic data.

In general, the term describes any information system that integrates, stores, edits, analyzes, shares, and displays geographic information. GIS applications are tools that allow users to create interactive queries (user-created searches), analyze spatial information, edit data in maps, and present the results of all these operations. Geographic information science is the science underlying geographic concepts, applications, and systems.

GIS can refer to a number of different technologies, processes, and methods. It is attached to many operations and has many applications related to engineering, planning, management, transport/logistics, insurance, telecommunications, and business. For that reason, GIS and location intelligence applications can be the foundation for many location-enabled services that rely on analysis and visualization.

Where do I find maps and data?

The EBRGIS Map Portal is located at https://ebrgis.maps.arcgis.com.

Enterprise datasets can be downloaded in shapefile, kml (Google Earth) or spreadsheet format from the EBRGIS Open Data website at https://data-ebrgis.opendata.arcgis.com. Also, links to web services for enterprise datasets can be found at http://maps.brla.gov/gis/rest/services.

Where can I get hard copy maps?

The City-Parish no longer produces hard copy maps for the general public. However, for specific requests we can produce a PDF version of the map you need and send it to you electronically for publishing on your own. The UPS Store and FedEx Kinko’s have available resources for printing larger wall size or blueprint maps.

What type of data do you maintain?

The data available to the public are Enterprise layers that have been validated by GIS analysts. The data is refreshed weekly every Sunday morning. Datasets maintained are a wide variety and include information related to planning, transportation, land use, public works, environment, emergency response, and more. Also, the City-Parish maintains various web maps and story maps to provide information and data for special purposes, including maps for traffic, the Great Flood of 2016, historical land development, and others.

Please consult the EBRGIS Map Portal or Open Data websites to search our wide range of mapping and data resources. If what you are looking for is missing, the GIS Division may still maintain the data in a non-public location. Please send an email to gis@brla.gov for additional information.

What is metadata and where do I find it?

Metadata is data (information) that provides information about other data. Metadata is defined as the data providing information about one or more aspects of the data; it is used to summarize basic information about data which can make tracking and working with specific data easier. Some examples include:

The City-Parish metadata definitions are available for viewing in ISO format at http://gis.brla.gov/metadata.asp.

How do I make my own web map?

The ArcGIS Online portal allows users to create free personal accounts which have limited functionality. This allows the user to create web maps using the wealth of data accessible through ArcGIS Online, including information from the EBRGIS. To create an account, please visit http://arcgis.com and select “Sign-up now” from the home page.

How do I find information about property?

The Planning and Land Development web mapping application is the successor to the former eBRMap viewer, and it provides information on land ownership, zoning, land use, addresses, and many other property details.

How do I find my council person?

Please use the Council District Lookup tool at: http://www.brgov.com/dept/council/lookup.asp.

Where can I find planning and zoning case information?

The Land Development Application Search Tool (LDAST) includes information on the Planning Commission cases for the current month, including links to site photos and staff reports.

Also, the Planning Commission website at: https://www.brla.gov/648/Planning-Commission has information regarding meeting dates, agendas, minutes, the Comprehensive Plan, and ongoing planning projects.

Who do I contact if I find an error?

Please contact the Department of Information Services GIS Division by email at gis@brla.gov or phone at (225) 389-3070. A list of division staff members can also be found at http://gis.brla.gov/staff.asp.