New York’s Mapping Elite Drool Over Newly Released Tax Lot Data – Wired Science

So why are the city’s smartest map hackers so excited about it? Get ready for superlatives: New York is America’s biggest city, so these mundane bits of data add up to largest survey of human settlement ever performed. “It’s like the Rosetta Stone of spatial urban planning data,” said Steven Romalewski, director of CUNY’s Mapping Service. And since property taxes are the city’s biggest source of income, the Department of Finance has an army of assessors to swarm the city and keep the records up to date. That means the data is continuous, and changes can be tracked over time.

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