(Picture taken from: http://www.njdataonline.com/)
The Center for Government Services, located in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, at Rutgers University, annually publishes the Legislative District Data Book. You can see different versions of the Data Book: hard copy, CD-ROM, and an interactive online version (made possible by a grant from the Fund for New Jersey). The Online Data Book allows users to utilize functions and personalize maps to view whatever information they need. Some of the data the map layers include are: counties, municipalities, congressional districts, legislative districts, school districts, and interstate highways. The site contains various thematic maps, one being the main general index map that list all of the layers previously listed. The profiles contained are demographic, housing, fiscal/ economic, school and voting profiles. From each of these profiles you can choose to view more specific information and learn what you need to. The maps illustrating the data may be displayed and saved in electronic form. Some of the features on this interactive map include a zoom in/out tool, pan, identify, a print option, and the measure a distance or area tool.
Here are the instructions listed on the webpage for activating the Online Data Book:
- Select a profile from the pull-down menu for thematic maps. Select any subcategory of data you wish to view, and the maps will display the data in color-coded categories
- Use navigation and drawing button at the top of the page to zoom in and out, pan, and measure distance and area. By zooming in, you will be able to see all of the names of the counties, which may not be visible initially.
- Click on the “Help” button to display tabular information about the specific governmental unit or area shown on the thematic map.
- Use the “Search” function to look up information on specific governmental units or areas.
To view the homepage for the Online Data Book and access the NJ Legislative District Data Interactive Map, click here.
Source: Rutgers: Center for Government Services
Christine Irven, VERTICES intern