[Talk-us] parcel data next steps

Alex Barth alex at mapbox.com
Fri Feb 22 14:01:49 UTC 2013

Interesting. How does parcel data work? What does it cover and what's the
data interesting for OSM in it? Is this about sourcing address data?

On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM, Brian Cavagnolo <bcavagnolo at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hey guys,
> In a previous thread on parcel data, some people expressed interest in
> participating in creating some sort of open repository for parcel
> data.  I was imagining a conference call or something to discuss next
> steps, but I think we can advance with email.  I'm imagining that it
> makes sense to separate the data gathering process from the data
> standardization/import process.
> Regarding the data gathering, the main objective is to gather recent
> raw data, licensing terms, and meta data from jurisdictions in
> whatever form they make it available, organize it in a dumb directory
> structure.  I was just going to set up an FTP (read-write)  and HTTP
> (read-only) server to get this going.  Are there any
> recommendations/opinions on a longer-term approach here?  Custom
> webapp?  Off-the-shelf webapp?  Somebody mentioned a git repository.
> Regarding standardization/import, I was planning on setting up an
> empty instance of the rails port as a test bed.  Then participating
> users could point JOSM and other tools at this alternative rails port
> to examine, edit, and import parcel data.  We could also provide
> planet-style dumps and mapnik tiles.  The idea is that we would have a
> safe place to screw up and learn.  Does this sound like a reasonable
> direction?
> Oh, and I found this fantastic paper that some parcel data people (Abt
> Associates, Fairview Industries, Smart Data Strategies) recently put
> together for HUD [1] that examines many of the issues that they faced
> building a parcel database.  Timely.
> Ciao,
> Brian
> [1]
> http://nationalcad.org/download/the-feasibility-of-developing-a-national-parcel-database-county-data-records-project-final-report/
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