[Imports] Sitka, AK, USA buildings import

Joshua Houston joshuahouston at gmail.com
Tue Dec 20 02:00:05 UTC 2016

Hi thank you for your replies,

MainStreetGIS hosts the City's data and updates parcel data as the city
sends them sub-divides, plats and address records. The 2012 aerial (the one
I've referenced) is not a MainStreetGIS product, it is owned by the City
and paid for by public funds. The building footprints were also not created
by MainStreetGIS,  they were created by me, a City employee.

The City has approved sharing data via the State's Department of Geological
and Geophysical Surveys. It is where you can find LiDAR information and
many aerials that the city owns.

I work in Public Works department. Many times the public will ask me for
imagery and I'm allowed to give it to them. The city engineer always says
the aerials were paid for with public funds so they are available to the
public. We just don't have a data portal to make them publicly downloadable
because there isn't a real benefit we see for doing that.

Thanks I hope this helps

On Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 1:07 PM, James <james2432 at gmail.com> wrote:

> The wiki says it's public domain:
> This data is in the public domain.
> If I remember correctly USA gov cant copyright geo information, so it
> releases it under public domain.
> But when you go on the mainstreetmap website there's this disclaimer that
> popsup:
> This Geographic Information System (GIS) browser provides access to
> geographic and tax record information currently maintained by the City &
> Borough of Sitka, Alaska for individual parcels of property. The maps and
> data are for illustration purposes and should not be used for making
> financial or other commitments. The data contained herein are a matter of
> public record. These maps are not designed or intended to be used as a
> substitute for an accurate field survey, as performed by a Registered Land
> Surveyor.
> The City & Borough of Sitka, Alaska and MainStreetGIS, LLC assume no
> responsibility for errors or omissions. In no event shall the City &
> Borough of Sitka, Alaska or MainStreetGIS, LLC become liable to users of
> these maps, or any other party, for any loss or direct, indirect, special,
> incidental, or consequential damages, including but not limited to time,
> money, or goodwill, arising from the use or modification of the maps.
> On Dec 19, 2016 4:59 PM, "Clifford Snow" <clifford at snowandsnow.us> wrote:
>> Joshua,
>> Nice import plan. Can you provide more information on the licensing from
>> Alaska. I couldn't find any reference to how the data was licensed.
>> Thanks,
>> Clifford
>> On Sun, Dec 18, 2016 at 8:49 PM, Joshua Houston <joshuahouston at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Sitka, AK buildings import is ready to be reviewed. I first began this
>>> project with only building footprints, I've now followed it through to add
>>> address data, elevation & height data, and data from the existing OSM tags.
>>> Here is the wikipedia page and I've also added it to the import
>>> catalogue. https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Sitka,_AK/Bui
>>> ldings_Import
>>> Thank you!
>>> Joshua Houston (Jfact0ry)
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