New York City opens map data to public

New York City opens map data to public

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New York: MapPLUTO, the database of information about New York City’s land parcels, has been made available to the public. The Department of City Planning has put MapPLUTO on the website. All the information can be accessed without any charges.

Under New York City’s new open data law, city agencies are required to have all the public information published online and available for download by the year 2018. However, New Yorkers had to purchase land parcel files at a price of $300 per borough. A license barred them from posting any data, including maps, on the Internet. Urban planners and transparency advocates had been demanding to make the data public. Although the department has been moving away from charging for public documents but MapPLUTO was the last batch of data that wasn’t free. The Department of City Planning on Thursday declared that MapPLUTO is fully accessible and free. The data will be useful in understanding land use patterns and how property is assessed.

Source: The New York World