The Columbia Department of Information Technology announced Wednesday the launch of an improved data portal that provides real-time city data to the public.

According to the city's website, the new portal uses a Geographic Information System, which analyzes spatial location to gather and organize data into maps and 3D scenes.

Users already have access to data for city limits, neighborhood associations, wards and park trails on the city's website. Now, they can filter data to view the specific information they are seeking.

According to the Department of Information Technology, GIS technology allows for a deeper understanding of data by revealing patterns, relationships and situations that occur based on geography. This allows users to make smarter, more informed decisions.

The portal is a part of the city’s recent efforts to be more transparent.

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