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Welcome to the Landgrid Parcel Data Store

By Sahana Murthy on March 4, 2020 · Announcements


Welcome to the Landgrid Data Store – Your One-Stop Shop for all things parcel data! 

Ever need to download data from Landgrid to use in another program?

You can now visit landgrid.com/store to purchase parcel data for any individual county in the country, either as a spreadsheet or as the full shapefile with parcel geometry, with the option to add premium fields including vacancy and building counts.

The process is very straightforward. You will see exactly which fields are available for a county and when it was last refreshed, you can download a data sample for that county, and all you have to do is pay by credit card to immediately download the data in your preferred format.

Here's a 30 second video tutorial on navigating & purchasing counties on the Landgrid data store -

 

With this launch, we have made it even easier for you to license our comprehensive parcel data from us - without any hassles or delays.

Here is the pricing:
CSV Data:

  • $100 for a spreadsheet of all Standard property information in any county
  • $200 for a county spreadsheet of all Premium property information, including vacancy and building counts

Shapefiles:

  • $200 for a shapefile of all Standard property information and parcel geometry in any county
  • $400 for a county shapefile of all Premium property information and parcel geometry, including vacancy and building counts

To take all of the mystery out of it, here’s exactly how the Landgrid Data Store experience works:

  1. Open the data storelandgrid.com/store. Here you will find our coverage map on the right. Green indicates places that we have data for and yellow indicates places that we are working on adding data for this year. You can also find our data dictionary of our standard schema and our coverage report for your review on the overview page. We encourage you to clearly assess the schema and the coverage report to ensure you know exactly what you would get from our data.
  2. On the overview tab, at the bottom you will find all the states listed. Based on the data you are looking for, you can select the state either here or from the coverage map.
  3. Once you select a state, you will find a list of all the counties in the state. When you are on the county page, make sure to download a “Sample” of the data for that county. We want to give you everything you need to make an informed decision before purchasing the data. 
  4. Once you are convinced that you are getting what you need, select the counties & the data format you want and simply “Add to Cart”.  Add a credit card and complete the transaction. Don’t worry. Our transactions are PCI compliant and your payment information remains secure. 
  5. You will instantly receive a confirmation email with your order details and a link to download your files. Follow the link and voila, your parcel data files at your door step in no time at all. Please note that this link stays active for a month, so be sure to download your files before the link expires.

Eezy Peezy! All this without any hassles or delays. 
A truly self-serve & seamless experience.  

We believe in transparency and making this process super easy for you. So at every step of the way you will have enough information so you know exactly what you are getting from us.

While the data store is amazing for downloading county data, if you are looking for the entire state or nationwide data access with timely data updates, then please write to us at parcels@landgrid.com and we will get you set up with it in no time.

Our bulk data prices are listed on our parcels page. We offer API access as well.

This was our March update. The team has worked so hard on this store and we are so happy & proud to be able to provide our standardized parcel data to more folks at a low price in a smooth interface. 

We will another update email coming to you soon about our nationwide land use code standardization and much more. Stay tuned with us!

Enjoy the data store and please give us your feedback on how we can improve your experience with it - team@landgrid.com

Happy Mapping!

 

Parcel Data Update - Feb 2020

By Sahana Murthy on February 15, 2020 · Democratizing Data

Dear Friends of Loveland Parcel Data and landgrid.com,

A summary of updates in January of 2020 and the upcoming pipeline is below:

Parcel Age Stats:

  1. Total Age:  Reduced by 8.6% in age from last month, improved by 58% from this time last year
  2. Average Parcel Age: 285,  reduced by 15.4% from 337 last month, improved by 60% from this time last year
  3. Average County Age: 381, reduced by 13.6% from 441 last month, improved by 55% from this time last year

USPS Vacancy, Residential indicators, and Situs address normalization - Updated in January 2020, and we have exported the full dataset to reflect those updates.

GeoDB File Format Deprecated - We plan to offer GeoDB files for the foreseeable future. However, we encourage people to test and switch to the GeoPackage (.gpkg.zip) files as they offer all the advantages of GeoDB, but in a better supported format. See below. We are planning on retiring the GeoDB format eventually.

GeoPackage Format - 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:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1q0PZB72nO8935EMGmsh3864VjEAMUE-pdHcPkoAiS5c/

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.

A Data Dictionary for the Loveland Standard Schema is always available here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14RcBKyiEGa7q-SR0rFnDHVcovb9uegPJ3sfb3WlNPc0/

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 or added from the county in January and live now:
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Alaska - Anchorage, Dillingham Census Area, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Haines Borough, Juneau, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Kodiak Island Borough, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Nome Census Area, North Slope Borough, Sitka, Skagway, Wrangell, Yakutat

Arkansas - Yell

Colorado - Phillips

Georgia - Atkinson, Berrien, Bryan, Burke, Carroll, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Coffee, Columbia, Cook, Coweta, Crisp, DeKalb, Dougherty, Echols, Effingham, Floyd, Forsyth, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Liberty, Lowndes, Macon, McIntosh, Monroe, Newton, Tift, Turner, Union


Iowa - Dallas, Pottawattamie

Indiana - Adams, Bartholomew, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Cass, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Daviess, DeKalb, Dearborn, Decatur, Dubois, Fayette, Floyd, Fountain, Franklin, Fulton, Gibson, Grant, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Huntington, Jackson, Jasper, Jay, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Knox, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Lawrence, Marshall, Martin, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Noble, Ohio, Orange, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Ripley, Rush, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Starke, Steuben, Sullivan, Switzerland, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Union, Vermillion, Vigo, Wabash, Warren, Warrick, Washington, Wayne, Wells, White, Whitley

Kentucky - Boone, Boyle, Campbell, Clark, Daviess, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Henderson, Hopkins, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton, Madison, McCracken, Pendleton, Scott, Shelby, Simpson, Warren, Webster

Michigan - Allegan, Arenac, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Dickinson, Eaton, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Ionia, Iron, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kalkaska, Kent, Lapeer, Leelanau, Luce, Macomb, Manistee, Marquette, Mecosta, Menominee, Midland, Monroe, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Ottawa, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Saginaw, Shiawassee, Tuscola, Van Buren, Washtenaw

Missouri - St. Charles

Mississippi - Hinds

Oregon - Baker, Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler, Yamhill

Wisconsin - Milwaukee

In the current pipeline for updating in February 2020
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Missouri - Statewide
Washington - Statewide

In the pipeline for updating in March 

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Nebraska - Partial statewide update

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!

Happy Mapping!

 

 

Launching - New Basemap on the Landgrid Platform!

By Matthew Klovski on February 7, 2020 · Announcements

We’ve recently updated our basemap here at LandGrid and it’s a pretty big change from what we had online before!



Let’s take a dig through some of the different changes we’ve made to help improve your LandGrid experience.

The most noticeable change is that we now have a lighter base color, to improve parcel legibility, as well as making it easier to see at the state level what places are online or not online. This was one of the main bits of feedback we received on our previous basemap, and we’re happy to report we think this really improves the visibility in general. We’ve also improved the city hierarchy on the map to provide a bit more legibility in terms of population size, and also by which cities are shown at different zoom levels.

 


We’ve also changed the color coding of underlying land uses to subtler hues, especially in areas where there’s public lands or forests underneath the parcels. Here’s a side by side example of the same area within Midtown Detroit, using the old and new basemaps.

 



We’ve also updated the base streets layer provided by Mapbox in our map, in order to provide more up to date street names and layouts, in order to keep pace with rapid development in some areas. We’ve also changed the way we visualize highway and expressway icons, and now use the official icons for these types of roads. You can see the difference in these two screenshots from the catch-all boxes we had before.

 


The final big change, and a really exciting one personally, is much better transit wayfinding and icon placement on the map. This includes custom transit icons in certain cities, and better airport icon indicators. Below is an example, using Center City Philadelphia and various SEPTA and trolley stops.

 

 

We hope you enjoy the new and improved basemap, happy mapping!

Matthew Klovski

New single & multi user accounts, new features & new content

By Sahana Murthy on February 5, 2020 · Announcements

Wow, it's February already and boy do we have some serious Landgrid platform updates for you!

1. Single User Accounts - Those of you who have been with us from the start, you know that Landgrid Pro & Free accounts are our affordable, single user accounts primarily meant to explore our nationwide parcel dataset. We have made a few updates to these accounts, recently:

  • Landgrid Free -  Free has been our flagship parcel viewer for a while, and remains that way. However, Free is now restricted to just viewing and exploring parcel records. You will not be able to query & style the data any longer. We have found that most of our Free users love to use free for just that - looking up parcel data uninterrupted and learning about properties that they care about. 
  • Landgrid Pro - Pro just got bigger and better with the recent addition of Buildings data & footprints layer which is available only for Pro & above customers. Not only can you view buildings on top of parcels now, you can also see:
    • Buildings Count - Number of buildings per parcel
    • Buildings Sq Footage - How much of a parcel is covered by a building
    • Vacant Lots - When you filter by buildings count and set Max = ‘0’ on the filter,  you will be able to see all the vacant lots in your geography.
      How cool is that!!

Apart from that, another change that we recently made was to cap the number of projects & surveys to a maximum of 5 per user
We found that most of our customers preferred to make 4-5 maps & surveys on average anyway. 

Rest assured, those of you who already have more than 5 projects & surveys right now that they will remain intact. You will however not be able to create new projects unless you delete an existing project.

  • Concurrent Logins -  As we have always advertised, Free and Pro are meant to be single user accounts. As a result, we recently updated our systems to allow no more than 2 concurrent logins/devices/browsers at a time per user. 

If you attempt a 3rd login, you will be asked to sign out of one of your active sessions to enable another login session.

Please let us know if you currently have multiple users logged in or multiple logins that you are not able to track and log out of. We can sign you out on our end. However, in future, please try to limit your concurrent sessions to a maximum of 2 to avoid getting signed out.


2. Multi User Accounts - While the Free & Pro accounts are designed to be single-user accounts, we also offer scalable multi-user accounts that allows multiple members of your team & projects to have their own individual login credentials to the same account:

  • Landgrid Team
  • Landgrid Enterprise

Landgrid Team is the baseline of what our enterprise accounts could do and works well for projects that need multiple users, surveyors but not a lot of custom work or requirements.

Team account also allows you to export up to 50K rows of spreadsheet data with USPS and buildings data too. 

Email us at enterprise@landgrid.com if you want an upgrade to Team, it takes us just a few seconds to set that up for you!

However, for those of you who have very specific needs for a project that cannot be solved with straight out of the box solutions, then Landgrid Enterprise is the solution for you. 
What can we do with Enterprise, you ask???

Landgrid Enterprise:

  • Custom data integration & imports - Bring your data, no matter the size,  scale & type of data and we will clean it up and import it on Landgrid so you can have all your data in 1 place!
  • Custom work, site, maps & interface - We know one size/design doesn’t fit all. Hence, we provide custom solutions to meet your needs - whether its custom filters, custom data, an entire custom site with customized embedded static & interactive maps or a white label custom interface with your own branding on it, we can make it all happen for you.
  • Insights page with custom filters - Let us help with your decision making process. What are the key data insights that you need to succeed with your project? We can set that up for you on your daily data dashboard - the Landgrid interface! Data insights and decisions will never have been easier!
  • Custom reporting - Based on those insights, we can build a custom report for you or find a way to automate those reports.
  • Watermarking surveys - For those of you who do a lot of surveys, we can watermark them by date and other specifics that you need to categorize those survey images.
  • Print maps & PDF’s - You can now print every survey & parcel page as a PDF for notarizing & also print high resolution copies of the beautiful maps for your official project reports.
  • 360 degree surveying - Collect, own and survey using your own inexpensive 360 imagery. We now have the ability to support 360 surveying which will enable you to survey properties from your desktops. Nifty huh!!!


Phew!! There’s more that we can do with Enterprise like ArcGIS compatibility or integration with Tableau or PolicyMap to name a few. Sky’s the limit and we will work with you to make it happen.
Want to know more about how we can get you the solution you need - email us at enterprise@landgrid.com!


3. New Educational Content -  In keeping with our goals for 2020, we recently added and will continue to add a slew of how-to videos and educational webinars to empower you in your daily tasks with Landgrid. Check them out when you have a moment:

Upcoming Webinars:

  1. Landgrid Data - Coverage & Accuracy (Register here - https://www.crowdcast.io/e/landgrid-data---overview)
  2. Surveying Best Practices with Landgrid Platform (Register here https://www.crowdcast.io/e/surveying-best-practices )



Recent Videos & Webinar Videocasts:

  1. Buildings Data on Landgrid.com
  2. Landgrid Enterprise for Real Estate
  3. Troubleshooting Data Import on Landgrid.com
  4. How to use buildings data on Landgrid.com

Alright, that’s it from us for now!
We know it's a lot, so please consume this email at your leisure & as always, email us at team@landgrid.com  if you have any questions.
 

Happy Leap Year Month Folks!

Happy Mapping!