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Loveland CEO Letter: 8 Years in 70 Seconds + UP Winter Pics

By Sahana Murthy on January 21, 2021 · Announcements


Happy New Year, all.

Sharing a short video that visualizes 8 years of land data growth in 75 seconds; a reminder that it’s easy to reach out to the Loveland team any time, and, just because it’s the season, some winter pics from the snowy north.

Our co-founder and CTO, Larry Sheradon, recently blew my mind when he made this short time-lapse of our nationwide dataset growing by the day from 2013 through the present: https://youtu.be/rfgh7aqRx7I



Our whole job at Loveland is to make it easy for you to access and work with this land and property information. As a refresher, we can do that for you in a variety of complimentary ways:


We try to lay it all out neatly at landgrid.com, but with so many options and so much data, you can always reach us at team@landgrid.com to tell us what you’re looking for or trying to accomplish and we’ll get back to you within a day to help you find the right solution.

And while I’m here, since we’re smack dab in the middle of winter, I can’t not share some views of what it looks like in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula right now.

The Loveland team is spread out across the country, but this is the current view through the window of our home office in Calumet, where Mary and I have relocated full-time from Detroit since March, trading skyscrapers for frozen stalactites — a different, but equally inspiring view:



This is “pancake ice” on Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake on earth (well, largest by surface area — there’s a deeper one in Russia that’s smaller on the surface, but has more volume… I’ll still give it to Superior, though):



This is the glow of lights in town bouncing off low-flying lake effect clouds in a light snow on a cross-country ski trail:



This is new-fallen snow on a freshly groomed trail — getting outdoors and skiing has become my go-to way to unplug and recharge outdoors in winter:



This is an ice formation on a frozen, rocky beachscape — my rock picking is basically on pause until spring at this point, though I’ve got a couple of rock tumblers going around the clock in the garage: 



I’ve got too many of these pictures, so I’ll stop there, but the landscape is amazing, and land is more than data about land, so I wanted to share. Depending on where you are in the world, I hope you’re still finding joy in the seasons and the outdoors if you’re experiencing short, cold, gray days. Hang in there.

Watch out for more exciting product updates coming from the Loveland team this year. The products are already outstanding, but we’re not resting on our laurels. 

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay connected to the land,


Happy Mapping!

Jerry Paffendorf

team@landgrid.com

313-649-LAND

Jan 2021 - Parcel Data Update

By Sahana Murthy on January 15, 2021 · How-To

Dear Friends of Loveland Parcel Data and landgrid.com,

A summary of updates in December of 2020 and the upcoming pipeline is below. 

Key Data Stats:

  • Average parcel age - 205 days, up from 193 last month.
  • Average county age - 277 days, up from 254 last month.
  • Added 41,571 parcels and refreshed 82 counties since last month. 


In keeping with these stats, please take a moment to review our end of the year parcel data report from 2020 - This report shows all the key improvements we made to our data in 2020 - https://landgrid.com/reports/2020report 



USPS Vacancy, Residential indicators: Now updated monthly. Updated in December 2020, next update in January.

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 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 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 refreshed or added from the county in December and live now:
( Asterisk * indicates newly added county)
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Alabama - Jefferson

California - El Dorado

Georgia - Chatham, Cobb, DeKalb, Gwinnett

Indiana - Allen, Hamilton, Lake, Madison, Marion, St. Joseph, Vanderburgh

Kentucky - Oldham

Michigan - Branch, Menominee, Oakland

Minnesota - Mower

Missouri - Adair, Cole, Jackson, Madison, St. Louis City, Ste. Genevieve, Wayne

Northern Mariana Islands - Rota, Saipan, Tinian

North Carolina - Mecklenburg, Wake

Ohio - Pickaway

Oregon - Multnomah

Pennsylvania - Philadelphia

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

Tennessee - Shelby

Texas - Tarrant

Virginia - Mecklenburg, Rockingham

Wisconsin - Milwaukee

In the current pipeline for updating in January 2021
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West Virginia
Wyoming

Washington
North Carolina
Oregon


In the pipeline for updating in February 2021
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Alaska
Hawaii
Indiana
Pennsylvania


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!

Blake Girardot

blake@landgrid.com

Loveland Data Team

313-649-LAND

2020 - EOY Parcel Data Report

By Sahana Murthy on December 15, 2020 · Announcements

The holiday season is upon us and we will soon be entering the new year! 

The Loveland team looked back at 2020 and all the improvements we have made this year to our parcel dataset and put those stats together into this nifty little report that we call the - "EOY - Parcel Data Report".

 


This report is a 1:1 comparison of our key parcel KPI's between Dec 2020 and Dec 2019.
And we couldn't be prouder of our team & product!

Here are a few snapshots from the report:

 





The report is a quick glimpse of an entire year's work focused on improving the quality, recency, coverage & completeness of our data.
We have come so far but we feel like we are only getting started.
Because we have even better things lined up for our product roadmap next year.

In the words of our CEO - Jerry Paffendorf:
"If you are a customer, thank you. And if you’re not yet, we’d like to hear from you."

 




While the report is absolutely amazing, nothing beats a good old fashioned banter between Loveland team members (Jerry Paffendorf & Sahana Murthy) discussing the year 2020, the challenges everyone in the world faced this year and the efforts we have made to improve our data & the exciting things we have in store on our 2021 roadmap.

So join them live today, Dec 16th at 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT on "The Talking Grid ", our video webinars.
Register here to save your spot - https://www.crowdcast.io/e/2020---wrap-up--eoy 

 



That's a wrap on 2020 from the Loveland Team! 
Oh we mean we won't be spamming you until next year. :)
But we are here and available if you need us or our parcel data the rest of the year and first thing next year as well. Just holler at parcels@landgrid.com.

On behalf of the entire Loveland Team, we wish you all a very happy, safe & healthy holidays! 

Happy Mapping!

Team Loveland

http://landgrid.com

team@landgrid.com

313-649-LAND

Dec 2020 - US-Mexico Border Map Project

By Sahana Murthy on December 10, 2020 · Announcements

And just like that, we are in December! So much has happened this year, one email won’t be sufficient to summarize all of that. 

To help with the summary, we are putting together an end of the year report on our parcel data, which we will share just before the holidays.

That said, this December update is super special, because it is purely focused on a special project that the Loveland team worked on and put together recently to wrap up the year.

US-Mexico Border Map Project

Our team here at Loveland has been curious to take a deeper look at land along the US-Mexico border for a while, and this month we decided to make public an interactive map with an accompanying report!

The US-Mexico border is the subject of, shall we say, “vigorous debate” politically - but although much ink has been spilled, our team felt like there has been little said about the current state of the land which lies along its 2,000 miles. This is our attempt to look at the facts on the ground, by applying our parcel data to the task.






The US/Mexico border spans about 2,000 miles, four states and an incredibly diverse array of biomes ranging from major urban areas to swaths of desert. In recent years, the border (and immigration more broadly) has become a political flashpoint. 

Here at Loveland, we realized that our nationwide parcel data was perfect to answer some basic questions that we hadn't heard much about in the media coverage.
Specifically:
1) Who actually owns border parcels where the wall is being proposed?
2) What does current land use look like along the border?


Our team dug deeper into the data and the above questions through this project. 

Read the entire report here -



Along with improving the overall coverage, recency and quality of our parcel data, this year our data team has been working tirelessly in creating nationwide standardized land-use codes using the “Land Based Classification System” LBCS guidelines by APA.

These same codes were applied to the land parcels along the border for a deeper analysis into the significance & ownership of these properties.

This is just one example of the kind of analyses that one can do with data as fundamental as parcel information, coupled with USPS vacancy & nationwide land-use code classification. 



If this data is of interest to you or if you’d like to build cool interactive maps like the one shown above, please reach out to us at team@landgrid.com

Also, please don't hesitate to email us if you have any questions/feedback on the border map project. 

That’s the December update for you.

Watch out for our EOY Parcel Data Report -  key improvements & enhancements made to our data through the course of this year!

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


Happy Mapping!

Team Loveland