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April 2021 - Parcel Data Update

By Sahana Murthy on April 9, 2021 · How-To

Dear Friends of Loveland Parcel Data and landgrid.com,

A summary of updates in March of 2021 and the upcoming pipeline is below. 

Key Data Stats:

  • Average parcel age - 208 days, down from 209 last month. 
  • Average county age 258 days, down from 267 last month.
  • Added 936,443 parcels and refreshed 214 counties, added 52 new counties  since last month.
  • In Q1, we refreshed a total of 666 counties.


USPS Vacancy, Residential indicators: Now updated monthly. Updated in March 2021, next update in April.

Coverage Report: Updated for this month and available here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1q0PZB72nO8935EMGmsh3864VjEAMUE-pdHcPkoAiS5c/edit#gid=333965283 


Full Dataset Export - We have exported the full dataset again this month for all clients to reflect improvements we made based on feedback regarding our Loveland Standardized Use Codes.

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 landgrid.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 Parcel Record 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 refreshed or added from the county in March and live now:
( Asterisk * indicates newly added county)
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Alaska - Anchorage, Denali Borough*, Dillingham Census Area, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Haines Borough, Juneau, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Kodiak Island Borough, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Nome Census Area, North Slope Borough, Petersburg*, Sitka, Skagway, Wrangell, Yakutat

California - Los Angeles

Colorado - Chaffee*, Prowers*

Iowa - Benton, Clay, Dickinson, Fayette, Howard, Jasper, Lyon, Mitchell, Poweshiek

Idaho - Ada, Adams, Bannock, Bear Lake, Benewah, Bingham, Blaine, Boise, Bonner, Bonneville, Boundary, Butte, Camas, Canyon, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Clearwater, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Fremont, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Jefferson, Jerome, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Oneida, Owyhee, Payette, Power, Shoshone, Teton, Twin Falls, Valley, Washington

Illinois - Cass*, Champaign, Christian, Macoupin, Montgomery*, Ogle

Indiana - Brown

Kansas - Chase, Doniphan, Harvey, Kingman, Marion, Ottawa, Reno, Republic

Michigan - Allegan, Baraga*, Berrien, Branch, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Eaton, Emmet, Gladwin, Hillsdale, Ionia, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Keweenaw, Leelanau, Lenawee, Macomb, Midland, Missaukee, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw*, Roscommon, St. Clair, St. Joseph, Washtenaw, Wayne

Minnesota - Blue Earth, Dakota, Douglas, Faribault, Grant, Houston, Kanabec*, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Morrison, Murray, Pennington, Red Lake, Redwood, Roseau, Wabasha, Watonwan*

Missouri - Pettis, Platte

North Dakota - Burleigh, Emmons, Morton, Sheridan

Nebraska - Scotts Bluff

Nevada - Carson City, Churchill, Clark, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Pershing, Washoe, White Pine

New York - Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond

Ohio - Crawford, Lucas, Washington

Oklahoma (all newly added) - Adair, Atoka, Beaver, Blaine, Bryan, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Cimarron, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Creek, Custer, Delaware, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Hughes, Jefferson, Kay, Kingfisher, Latimer, Le Flore, Logan, Love, Major, Marshall, Mayes, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Noble, Nowata, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Roger Mills, Seminole, Sequoyah, Stephens, Texas, Tillman, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington, Washita, Woods, Woodward

Oregon - Washington

Pennsylvania - Clearfield

Rhode Island - Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, Washington

South Dakota (all newly added) - Brookings, Brown, Clark, Codington, Haakon, Harding, Hughes, Hyde, McCook, Walworth

Texas - Harris

Vermont - Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham, Windsor

Wisconsin - Milwaukee


In the current pipeline for updating in April 2021
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Indiana
Maryland
Puerto Rico


In the pipeline for updating in May 2021
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Alabama
Connecticut
Texas


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, 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!

 

 

Hiring - Part-Time Parcel Prospector (Remote)

By Sahana Murthy on April 6, 2021 · Announcements

 

Part-Time Parcel Prospector (Remote)

 LOVELAND Technologies LLC

This listing is now closed.

We’re looking for someone who can help us grow and maintain our data collection. This is a part-time, remote position. 

This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who is looking to explore a career in a new industry - software & data in the data and startup space. Lots of opportunities for growth in a fun, flexible, remote & fast paced environment. We are growing and we want you to grow with us.

The ideal candidate needs to be a motivated self-starter, a team player and have a keen interest for data, public data sources & curiosity to learn new skills.

 

The work

This position will involve obtaining, standardizing, and cleaning parcel data provided by counties or other levels of government. A keen eye for detail is appreciated, as is thoroughness. The day to day process for this individual would involve working closely with the Geographic Data Manager to obtain and process these counties as part of Loveland's parcel workflow. 

 

Core skills we’re looking for: 

  • An inquisitive mind and desire to learn data tools and techniques
  • Attention to detail and the ability to find patterns and problems in complex information
  • Experience working with tabular data (for example, Excel files and CSVs)
  • Experience writing straightforward SQL queries (selects, basic joins), or a history of learning similar technical skills. We provide training on how to use a database client to load and query data. 

Bonus points: 

  • Familiarity with the basics of GIS, or a desire to learn. Maybe you’ve used QGIS, ogr2ogr, Mapbox, CartoDB, GeoJSON, or other geospatial tools and formats
  • Some level of familiarity with US County government structure and/or parcel data
  • Some experience in PostgreSQL and PostGIS greatly appreciated 
  • Some familiarity with GitHub and GitHub workflow
  • Familiarity with the Mac or Linux command line (ability to navigate directories, move and delete files, run commands)
  • Beginner knowledge of a programming language like ruby, python, or javascript, and/or a desire to learn 
  • You have a portfolio of data-focused projects you’ve contributed to, and/or you’ve published your code on GitHub or elsewhere

 

In this job, we will ask you to:

  • Quickly evaluate data quality and decide if it meets our standards
  • Clean and explore data in Postgres
  • Use our internal tools to download records from government websites
  • Learn skills related to collecting and managing geodata
  • Interpret and convert 3rd party data to our internal schema

Goals

  • Gain experience in core data science concepts, including data quality analysis and SQL
  • Learn & build skills in geospatial data & data cleaning
  • Support the data team by analyzing specific datasets

 

Rate & hours 

$20/hour for 15-20 hours per week as a remote contract position; 3-month extendable term ideally starting in May 2021.

 

To apply

This listing is now closed.

 

About LOVELAND Technologies LLC

LOVELAND Technologies is a Detroit-based nationwide parcel data & mapping software company and we run the site landgrid.com. We are headquartered in Detroit, however we are a remote & distributed team with members of the team working out of multiple locations across the USA. 

Landgrid Parcel Data - We have collected and standardized a high quality nationwide dataset of over 149 million land parcel data, covering over 98% of residents in the USA. 

We offer our data services in multiple formats to customers across all private and public sector verticals as bulk data files & API. Over the last several years we have created a successful suite of products, a growing customer base and project portfolio and an effective organization. We also have a Mapping as a Software product that allows our customers to map & survey with the parcel data we have collected..

 

Hiring - Outbound Parcel Prospector (Remote & Part-Time)

By Sahana Murthy on April 6, 2021 · Announcements

 

Outbound Parcel Prospector (Part-Time, Remote)

 LOVELAND Technologies LLC

 

This listing is now closed.

We’re looking for someone who can help us grow and maintain our data collection. 

This is the perfect opportunity for anyone who is looking to explore a career in a new industry - software & data in the data and startup space. Lots of opportunities for growth in a fun, flexible, remote environment. We are growing and we want you to grow with us.

The ideal candidate needs to be a motivated self-starter, a team player and have a keen interest in data, public information, & a curiosity to learn new skills. 

While this job does require strong communication skills and comfort working on the phone making outbound calls, it is not a sales position.

 

The work

This position involves reaching out to local governments by phone, email, letter, and maybe even fax to help us collect public data. A keen eye for detail is appreciated, as is thoroughness. 

The day to day process for this individual would involve working closely with the Geographic Data Manager to prioritize and contact counties and cities as part of Loveland's parcel workflow. You will explain the data we are looking for, identify the best sources, coordinate the data transfer, and follow up as needed. In addition, you will help evaluate data quality and assist with data QA. 

 

Core skills we’re looking for: 

  • Experience with professional written and verbal communication
  • Ability to personably, accurately, and persuasively communicate about technical subjects
  • An inquisitive mind and interest in working with data
  • Experience working with tabular data, for example spreadsheets (especially CSVs) and databases -- but you don’t need to be a data scientist or programmer. 
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to to manage many ongoing conversations. 

 

Bonus points: 

  • Familiarity with local US government structures, especially County and State governments, and the data available through them, especially parcel data
  • Familiarity with the basics of GIS, or a desire to learn. Maybe you’ve used QGIS, ogr2ogr, Mapbox, CartoDB, GeoJSON, or other geospatial tools and formats
  • Familiarity with GitHub, including GitHub workflow and commands
  • Familiarity with the Mac or Linux command line (ability to navigate directories, move and delete files, run commands)
  • Beginner knowledge of a programming language like Ruby, Python, or Javascript, and/or a desire to learn 
  • Familiarity with basic SQL commands

 

In this job, we will ask you to:

  • Contact government staff with requests for data
  • Quickly evaluate data quality and decide if it meets our standards
  • Navigate potentially delicate conversations about public data with government entities to build trust
  • Use our internal tools to download records from government websites
  • Use our internal tools and standards to review processed data 
  • Learn skills related to collecting and managing geodata

 

Goals

  • Grow the Loveland dataset by collecting data from around the country
  • Gain experience in core data science concepts, including data quality analysis and SQL
  • Learn & build skills in geospatial data & data cleaning
  • Support the data team by analyzing specific datasets

 

Rate & hours 

This is a $20/hour remote contract position for 15-20 hours per week; 3-month extendable term ideally starting in April or May 2021.

This listing is now closed.

 

About LOVELAND Technologies LLC

LOVELAND Technologies is a Detroit-based nationwide parcel data & mapping software company and we run the site landgrid.com. We are headquartered in Detroit, however we are a remote & distributed team with members of the team working out of multiple locations across the USA. 

Landgrid Parcel Data - We have collected and standardized a high quality nationwide dataset of over 149 million land parcel data, covering over 98% of residents in the USA. 

We offer our data services in multiple formats to customers across all private and public sector verticals as bulk data files & API. Over the last several years we have created a successful suite of products, a growing customer base and project portfolio and an effective organization. We also have a Mapping as a Software product that allows our customers to map & survey with the parcel data we have collected..

Evolving, Expanding & Hiring!

By Sahana Murthy on March 31, 2021 · Announcements

Lovelanders,

Spring is here and vaccines are rolling out. This note is in a similar spirit of new beginnings, optimism, and enthusiasm for the future.

 

We are evolving.

The Loveland team has grown quite a bit over the last couple of years. We’ve evolved from a small shop based in Detroit to a leading nationwide property information provider with a talented team spread across the country and an awesome roster of customers who love our data and our service.

This summer we’re going to be making some big announcements, including a new brand name that will replace the Landgrid brand, and new nationwide datasets that compliment our parcel dataset.

Loveland Technologies will remain the parent brand and company, but we’re going to roll all of our services and communications into the new brand to focus on making it a household name. Loveland’s relationship to the new brand will be sort of like Alphabet’s relationship to Google — present, but mostly in the background.

 

What does this mean for our products & customers?

Nothing will change from a customer perspective except for access to new data and new services beyond what we already provide.

While parcel data remains our core, we are expanding beyond just land information into other kinds of property, boundary, and spatial information, which means more data options for you this year.

Announcement of the new brand and services will happen this summer. 

 

We are hiring!

As you can tell from our recent announcements, we are constantly innovating and growing, which requires bringing more top talent onto the team. We are on the hunt for passionate & experienced individuals who will help us grow even further, service our customers even better, and execute on our exciting product roadmap.

If you have experience scaling high traffic software platforms and/or managing and automating large-scale datasets, send us a note and let’s talk. And stay tuned with our communications on our blog and social media, we will be releasing a series of job openings shortly.

 

Webinar & Customer Love

Wrapping up this note with an exciting webinar coming up soon on our recently launched standardized land use codes!  Don’t forget to save your spot to join us live - https://www.crowdcast.io/e/understanding-landgrids 

 

These webinars give you a chance to hear from, meet, and interact with the team.

You can find our recorded webinars at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwSzIfVit8o40MBjqw3k-lJ2tByytq2BO 

 

And lastly, when we say our customers love us, here’s some customer love about our parcel data from Transect LLC. We appreciate it and work hard for you: 

More updates on product & job openings coming soon.

Happy Spring Y'all.

 

Happy Mapping!

Team Loveland