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Parcel Data Update - Jan 2020

By Sahana Murthy on January 28, 2020 · Announcements

People of Landgrid Parcel Data,

A summary of updates in December of 2019 and the upcoming pipeline for the month of January is below. Updated means the data was pulled from the source usually in the past 30 days and is in the latest version of the Loveland Standard Schema.

Buildings count & sq footage per parcel - This week we introduced 2 new premium attributes to our data - buildings count & sq footage per parcel. We derived these columns and they indicate how many buildings there are per parcel and how much area of the parcel is occupied by the building. This is part of our premium tier, much like the USPS vacancy columns. You can read up more about these columns in our Parcel Data FAQ's.

If you are interested in this data, please email us at parcels@landgrid.com and we will get in touch with you right away.

USPS Vacancy, Residential indicators, and situs address normalization - Will be updated in January and made available in the dataset the first part of February. This means you can expect a full dataset export from us next month as every record will have been processed through the latest USPS dataset and the situs address status, and formatted address if available, will be updated in our data.

GeoDB File Format Deprecated - We plan to offer GeoDB files for the first 3 months of 2020 and then stop updating that file format. We encourage people to switch to the GeoPackage (.gpkg.zip) files as they offer all the advantages of GeoDB. See below. We are planning on retiring the GeoDB format in Q2 of 2020. Please contact us if it will not be possible to migrate to another file format in that time frame.

New GeoPackage Format Available - GeoPackage or GeoPKG, (.gpkg) files support geospatial data very well, with none of the limitations of shapefiles, and are faster to work with than geojsons. They are well supported by Esri tools and open source tools alike. They offer all the advantages of GeoDB files, but are better supported across the GIS tool landscape. As we sunset the GeoDB format this will be the format we suggest folks use unless a specific use case suggests another format would be better for them. (ND)GeoJSON, sql, csv, and shapefile formats will all continue to be options.

Coverage Report - Updated for this month and available here:
Landgrid Coverage Report

For all full dataset customers, the updated data is available for download to bulk data clients in these formats: GeoPKG .gpkg (suggested), GeoJSON, Shapefile, and Postgres SQL files.  In addition, this data has been updated on the landrid.com website.

If your organization uses a custom export we are updating your data at the moment and if you don’t see the latest updates, please drop us a line.

Data Dictionary for the Loveland Standard Schema is always available here:
Landgrid Standard Schema Data Dictionary.

A machine-readable version of this list is included in the `verse` table available in all the formats above as well as CSV format for use in spreadsheets. To find the latest updates in verse, sort by 'last_refresh' and use the 'filename_stem' column to identify the file.

Data updated from the county in December and live now:
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California - San Mateo
Colorado - Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Huerfano, Jefferson, La Plata, Lake, Larimer, Las Animas, Logan, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Ouray, Park, Pitkin, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, San Miguel, Sedgwick, Summit, Teller, Weld, Yuma

Florida - Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington

Illinois - Calhoun, Gallatin, Jasper, Perry, Pike, Richland, Washington

Minnesota - Martin

Missouri - Audrain, Barton, Benton, Callaway, Camden, Carroll, Christian, Clark, Clinton, Crawford, Dade, DeKalb, Gentry, Greene, Grundy, Henry, Holt, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Knox, Lewis, Madison, Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, Morgan, Nodaway, Osage, Pemiscot, Randolph, Reynolds, Saline, Scott, St. Louis City, St. Louis, Stoddard, Texas, Vernon, Washington, Wayne, Worth

Mississippi - Holmes, Sunflower, Tunica

Ohio - Hardin

South Carolina - Aiken, Allendale, Anderson, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenwood, Hampton, Jasper, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union, Williamsburg, York

In the current pipeline for January
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Indiana - Statewide
Michigan - Statewide

In the pipeline for February 2020
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Georgia
Oregon

Based on feedback and county challenges, pipeline planning is always subject to change. As always, please contact us if you have any questions about accessing or using the data, if you find issues with any of our data, or you have any comments or questions about our data in specific areas or states. We also love to hear from you about which counties or regions you’d like to see us update next, as it helps inform our planning process.
 

Thank you for being a part of Loveland!

Buildings Footprints & Counts on Landgrid.com

By Sahana Murthy on January 21, 2020 · Announcements

This January, we have a bunch of updates for you!
So let’s jump right in!

1. Buildings count per parcel & Buildings Footprints:
Last year, we partnered with Gateway Spatial LLC - a fellow mapping company that has successfully collected around 104 million buildings footprints so far & counting, directly from counties, just like how we obtain our parcel data. So it made perfect sense for us to partner together on our solutions.

Using their data, the LOVELAND team has derived & added the following columns to our data:

  • Building counts per parcel. 
  • Building sq footage per parcel (In progress, will be fully added by end of this week). 
  • Map Layer - We’ve also rendered Gateway Spatial’s buildings footprints as a map layer to the Landgrid mapping platform. This premium layer and the above 2 derived attributes are available only to Landgrid Pro & Enterprise customers.

Below is a screenshot of map layer against our parcel data on landgrid.com!
Imagine being able to filter number of buildings per parcel on the Landgrid platform!!



This is a big leap for us parcel data folks. With this data, we can now identify & display how much of a parcel is covered by a building and how many buildings are there on a parcel.

The buildings data attributes, much like the USPS data we added last year are considered premium fields in our parcel dataset. If you are interested in licensing this data from us,  please email us at parcels@landgrid.com.

However, please note that all data is not perfect. We have matched 104 million footprints from Gateway Spatial to our 142 million parcels. As a result, we have a ~69% match rate with this dataset. Please read our FAQ’s to understand the specifics of this data & its accuracy (& lack thereof in certain places) - https://support.landgrid.com/articles/parcel-data-faq/

Please let us know when you find discrepancies in this data, for instance, some buildings may have been demolished since this data was recorded. So help us ground truth it by emailing us at team@landgrid.com.


2. Introducing Talking Grid - Landgrid’s new video webcasts
This year, we are starting a new series of monthly live webcasts on all things Landgrid products, data, customers & partners. You can register for these webinars ahead of time and save your spot. We would love a Q&A session with you at the end of each of these webinars.

We are kick starting this with a session dedicated to our parcel data & its coverage.

Episode 1 - Landgrid Parcel Data & Coverage



Tune in for a candid conversation on all things Landgrid Parcel Data.
Meet 2 of our in-house data experts to learn more about our data, coverage, attributes & accuracy!

Matt Hampel - Senior Software Architect
Blake Girardot - Data Manager

Date: Feb 13th, 2PM ET / 11 AM PT

Register here to join us live - https://www.crowdcast.io/e/landgrid-data---overview


3. People of Landgrid Story - Isaac Robb

“Data doesn't make us smarter, but it does keep us more informed.”


Meet Isaac Robb, Director of Urban Projects at the Western Reserve Land Conservancy!
Learn about Isaac’s inspiring journey from an athlete in college to now a successful community builder at WRLC.
https://landgrid.com/pages/isaac-robb

Those are all our updates for January. 
Stay tuned for many more updates  - including improvements to our base map on our platform. 

Until next time, have a wonderful rest of your January.  As always, feel free to reach back to us at team@landgrid.com!

Happy Mapping!

Sahana Muthy

sahana@landgrid.com

Letter from the CEO: Email me to talk 2020

By Sahana Murthy on January 14, 2020 · Announcements

Happy New Year!

The Loveland team had our best year yet in 2019, defined by number of people visiting the site, number of new customers, growth of our dataset, size of our project pipeline, and just overall momentum and enthusiasm for the future.

Part of our success comes from being very accessible and friendly as a team, with an open door policy for contacting any of us, and a desire to hear what you’re trying to accomplish and discuss how we can assist.

In that spirit, this letter is a personal invitation for you to contact me at jerry@landgrid.com if you think our data or software may be a fit for your organization or project and want to talk about it.



I know that sometimes not having a direct invitation or a specific person to contact can be a hindrance to reaching out, so let’s get that out of the way. Lay it on me.

I’ll read and reply to everything personally, and connect you with the right person on the team as appropriate. I promise you a friendly and easy experience seeing if there’s a fit.

Here’s a quick refresher and links to our two main services:

Enterprise Software:
If your organization is using lots of property and spatial data for a project or as a part of your core operations, and you need it all tamed, refreshed, and loaded into a slick interface where you can instantly search it, sort it, and put it to work, holler at me about our Enterprise software solutions.
https://landgrid.com/enterprise

Parcel Data Licensing:
If your organization already has a mapping system and you’re looking for more data for your team or your customers, ask me about our nationwide parcel data, including ownership and assessment info, nationwide vacancy, building counts, and land use fields.
https://landgrid.com/parcels

All the best from our team. I look forward to connecting with you soon and doing everything I can to make 2020 a great year for both of us.

Happy Mapping!

Jerry Paffendorf
jerry@landgrid.com

Landgrid end of year announcements & Hello, 2020!

By Sahana Murthy on December 9, 2019 · Announcements

As we head into the holidays and the new year — 2020, eek! — here’s what’s new and what to know:

1. New 2020 Parcel Pricing -

Our CEO - Jerry Paffendorf announced this last month in the November Letter from the CEO. Starting January, 2020 we will be raising our parcel licensing prices.

This new pricing does NOT affect our existing customers and those who buy from us by the end of the year will be grandfathered in as well. 

If you want access to nationwide parcel data for your own app or database, contact us at parcels@landgrid.com today to lock in 2019 pricing into the future.

2. End of the Year Pro Account Discount -
You can grab a Pro account for only $75/year if you sign up here before the end of December. Look out for even more data coming to Pro accounts soon, including nationwide building footprints in January.

3. Goodbye Sitecontrol -
This December, we will be finally closing down sitecontrol.us. While some of you aren’t familiar with the old name, what we call the Landgrid mapping platform today used to be called Sitecontrol.us previously. Post rebranding, we have been navigating and urging all of our users to fully transition to landgrid.com.

Don’t fret. We have retained all of Sitecontrol’s features and made the UI even better and easier to use with landgrid.com. So all you have to do is use your Sitecontrol login credentials to login into landgrid.com and you will be on your way to making beautiful maps and comprehensive surveys. Better UI with all the benefits of Sitecontrol!

4. People of Landgrid - Dr. Stephen Sills! 
If you are looking for an inspiring quick read on how to use parcel data to accomplish great and interesting things, look no further: https://landgrid.com/pages/stephen-sills

Stephen Sills, Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro & the Director of Center for Housing & Community Studies.

Dr.Sills has focused his research work on core issues such as global migration, immigration, and social support networks for marginalized people. 

As the Director of UNCG Center for Housing and Community Studies (CHCS), he and his team are committed to understanding the impediments to fair housing, continuum of care for the homeless & the impact of housing on health.

A long time Landgrid platform user, Dr.Sills has used Landgrid for various projects - from documenting the conditions of housing in a few specific neighborhoods to using the "blexting" app, then in a remote assessment of nearly 16,000 parcels in High Point, NC, and more recently in projects using our own survey instruments and remote assessment in Greensboro (78,000 parcels), and Rocky Mount (3,500 parcels).

So proud of all the great work that Dr. Sills and the CHCS are doing.



With that, we want to THANK YOU for all the support and love you have given us this year and hope that we’re blessed to receive the same in the coming years as well.

Happy Holidays - We wish you happiness and merriment with your loved ones this Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or however you celebrate the season.  

We will meet again in 2020. Watch out for bigger and better product updates next year! 
As always, we are just an email away.  Feel free to email us at team@landgrid.com if you have any questions or updates for us.


Happy Mapping!

Team Loveland.