address bar

The address bar is a text box, usually at the top of a web mapping application, which an address can be typed into as a search box.

web map

A map that is not simply on the web, but rather one that is powered by the online GIS technologies.


Environmental Impact Evaluation – the assessment of the environmental consequences (positive and negative) of a plan, policy, program, or actual projects prior to the decision to move forward with the proposed action.


State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management

You can find more information on the OPM website.


A collection of GIS data and/or orthorectified imagery that form the background setting for a map.


A data storage format for geospatial vector data to use in GIS software.


Connected and Autonomous Vehicle – Connected vehicles are vehicles that use any of a number of different communication technologies to communicate with the driver, other cars on the road, roadside infrastructure, and the “Cloud”. Fully automated, autonomous, or “self-driving” vehicles are defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as “those in which operation of the vehicle occurs without direct driver input to control the steering, acceleration, and braking and are designed so that the driver is not expected to constantly monitor the roadway while operating in self-driving mode.”


Electric Vehicle – uses one or more electric motors or traction motors for propulsion.

open space

Any open piece of land set aside for preserving natural communities, protecting water quality, providing outdoor recreation, and offering green spaces for all residents.  Parcels can be undeveloped or have no buildings or other built structures, and/or is accessible to the public.  Local governments can define open space differently depending on their zoning laws.


The way governments control the physical development of land and the kinds of uses to which each individual property/parcel may be put.