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Data updates

  • Level 3 Assessors’ Parcel Mapping
    March 21, 2019 - 28 municipalities: Ashfield, Barre, Carlisle, Dudley, Easthampton, Groveland, Hadley, Hampden, Holland, Huntington, Lee, Leominster, Lincoln, Middleton, North Attleborough, Reading, Richmond, Shelburne, Southwick, Stoneham, Tolland, Wareham, Warren, Webster, Wellesley, West Brookfield, West Stockbridge and Winchendon.
  • EOHHS Regions
    March 14, 2019 - 2010 population values were added for each of the six regions.
  • Non-Potential Drinking Water Source Areas
    February 7, 2019 - MassDEP has made updates to this layer.
  • RMV Locations
    February 5, 2019 - MassGIS updated this layer to reflect recent changes to the locations of Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) service centers and AAA branch offices that provide many RMV services.
  • Wards and Precincts
    January 29, 2019 - New polygon data layer representing all municipal wards and precincts in Massachusetts.
  • Courthouses
    January 18, 2019 - New point data layer shows the location of all courthouses in Massachusetts.
  • MassDEP data layers
    January 11, 2019 - The MassDEP GIS Group has updated the Public Water Supplies, wellhead (Zone II, Zone I, IWPA) protection areas, MassDEP Ground Water Discharge Permits, Chapter 21e Sites and AUL Sites data, available from MassGIS. Data are current as of 1/10/2019.
  • Massachusetts Legislative Districts and Administrative Boundaries
    January 9, 2019 - MassGIS has updated the polygon attribute tables of the following legislative and administrative boundary data layers following the swearing in of newly elected officials from the November 2018 elections:
  • Protected and Recreational Open Space
    January 7, 2019 - Energy and Environmental Affairs GIS staff have updated the Protected and Recreational OpenSpace layers (arcs and polygons), available from MassGIS. Since the last publication to the web, staff at EEA and its associated agencies performed edits that improved the boundaries and/or descriptive geography to more than 1,250 polygons in 199 municipalities.

    New shapefile and personal geodatabase data have been placed on our ftp site, representing data updated as of 12/1/2018.

    The details:
    • Added or improved the boundaries of recreational areas and open spaces. 4 youth camps, 18 school athletic fields, 583 conservation areas, 28 flood control areas, 31 cemeteries, 178 water supply lands, 109 parks, and 168 conservation restrictions were improved. The latest edits to the database resulted in a net gain of more than 10,500 acres.
    • Many EEA land acquisition projects completed for FY2018 were added to the database. The projects included watershed preservation restrictions, conservation restrictions, and fee-simple acquisitions.
    • The Department of Agricultural Resources digitized four agricultural preservation restrictions for a total of 168 acres.
    • The Department of Fish and Game performed edits in 39 towns that increased the overall acreage in the database by more than 1,200 acres.
    • Additional digitizing was completed for EEA-sponsored programs:
      • Sixty projects were digitized from EEA grants that were completed from the Landscape Partnership, Conservation Partnership, Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity, Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities, and Drinking Water Supply Protection.
      • Twelve acquisitions that involved the Conservation Land Tax Credit program were added.
  • Prisons
    January 4, 2019 - MassGIS has updated this statewide layer.
  • New and Updated Hospitals Data
    December 27, 2018 - MassGIS has updated the Acute Care Hospitals data layer. A new layer, Non-acute Care Hospitals, is now available. Both layers are based on data from the Mass. Dept. of Public Health and CHIA.
  • MassDOT Roads
    November 29, 2018 - Statewide update based on MassDOT's 2017 year-end road inventory. Also includes additional linework from MassGIS' NextGen911 "base streets" and other improvements.
  • ZIP Codes (5-Digit) from HERE (Navteq)
    November 26, 2018 - Update based on HERE (Navteq) 2018 Q2 data.
  • MassDEP Eelgrass Mapping Project
    August 9, 2018 - This update adds data from 2015-17 and combines the layers from 2010-13 into one feature class.
  • Schools (Pre-K through High School)
    August 7, 2018 - Statewide update based on Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education school profiles database as of May 28, 2018.
  • Google Ortho Imagery
    August 3, 2018 - Spring 2018 imagery for Greater Boston/MetroWest areas; Late winter 2018 imagery for the Cape Cod and the Islands.
  • MBTA Rapid Transit
    June 28, 2018 - The SL3 branch of the Silver Line to Chelsea was added.
  • Colleges and Universities
    June 5, 2018 - MassGIS has updated this point data layer based on all Massachusetts colleges listed in the National Center for Education Statistics website as of March 12, 2018. Additional schools were added from lists of professional occupational/vocational institutions compiled by the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Division of Professional Licensure. MassGIS geocoded site addresses to the Master Address Database and verified them using current ortho imagery and Internet map sources.