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Finding and Using GIS Data

The AGS Library's Guide to Finding GIS data and working with it for your specific project needs

How to Use Legislative Technology Services Bureau (LTSB) Data Portal

The Wisconsin State Legislature's Open Data Portal:


About: The Legislative Technology Service Bureau (LTSB) Open Data Portal exists to provide easily accessible open data of a legislative nature for the state of Wisconsin. 

Data Available: Available on LTSB are freely downloadable spreadsheets (CSV), KMLs, GeoJSON, and shapefiles of Wisconsin.

Topics Include: Legislative Districts, WISE-Decade, and Election Data

How to Use

How to Download:

1. Here you can download the following Wisconsin data sets:

  • Senate, congressional, and assembly districts

  • Municipal wards & boundaries (cities, towns & villages)

  • Election data dating back to 1990


2. Additionally, you can scroll to the bottom of the homepage to find some quick access data that LTSB has made available


3. Click the dataset that you need. (In this case we will use Wisconsin State Senate Districts)



4. Click "View Full Details"

5. Click "Download"

6. Select which type is most applicable to your interests. (In this case we will use Shapefile)


In order to see metadata for some of the files, including information about how the data was collected, how to interpret the data, and who to properly cite, you may need to Login to ArcGIS Online using your UWM Account.

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