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Data updates

  • Level 3 Assessors’ Parcel Mapping
    August 2018 - 25 municipalities: Buckland, Burlington, Canton, Cheshire, Clinton, Colrain, Concord, Dalton, Fitchburg, Great Barrington, Holbrook, Lee, Lenox, Marion, Medford, Northfield, Pittsfield, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Sheffield, Somerville, South Hadley, Spencer, Stow and Westhampton..
  • 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.
  • Protected and Recreational Open Space
    August 1, 2018 - 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 640 polygons in 104 municipalities.

    New shapefile and personal geodatabase data have been placed on our ftp site, representing data updated as of 6/15/2018.

    The details:
    • Added or improved the boundaries of recreational areas and open spaces. 7 youth camps, 9 school athletic fields, 208 conservation areas, 21 cemeteries, 46 parks, and 49 conservation restrictions were improved. Other additional edits to the database resulted in a net gain of more than 1,400 acres.
    • Extensive updates to data in Springfield, Edgartown, Lincoln and West Tisbury.
    • Several EEA land acquisition projects completed for FY2018 are starting to be added to the database. The projects included watershed preservation restrictions, conservation restrictions, and fee-simple acquisitions.
    • The Department of Fish and Game performed edits in 18 towns that increased the overall acreage in the database by more than 961 acres.
    • The Department of Conservation and Recreation – Water Supply Division digitized two FY2018 projects totaling more than 133 acres.
    • Additional digitizing was completed for EEA-sponsored programs:
      • One LAND grant was added for 66 acres
      • Nine acquisitions that involved the Conservation Land Tax Credit program added 71 acres in 8 municipalities
  • 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.
  • MassDEP data layers
    April 11, 2018 - The MassDEP GIS Group has updated the Chapter 21e Sites and AUL Sites data, available from MassGIS.
  • Massachusetts Legislative Districts
    March 9, 2018 - The State Representative and State Senate boundaries reflect recent elections and vacancies and minor changes to some linework in Boston.
  • MassDEP Ground Water Discharge Permits
    January 18, 2018 - Update to this point data layer, current as of 10/16/2017.
  • Massachusetts Geographic Response Plan
    December 29, 2017 - Updates from MassDEP to three data layers.
  • RMV Locations
    December 28, 2017 - New point layer of locations of Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) service centers and AAA branch offices that provide many RMV services.
  • Inland Water Bathymetry
    December 21, 2017 - MassWildlife added data for 85 lakes and ponds.
    • MassDEP Wetlands changes
      December 14, 2017 - The current data are now called “MassDEP Wetlands (2005).” These statewide layers, based on photointerpretation of 2005 aerial photography, enhance and replace the original MassDEP wetlands layers, formerly known as DEP Wetlands (1:12,000).

      The older data are now named “MassDEP Wetlands Original (1:12,000).” These “original” data layers are being maintained for reference purposes only.

      A new layer, “MassDEP Wetlands (2005) Human Altered Areas,” contains wetland areas that were changed due to human activity. This layer stores the former type of the wetland.
       
    • MassDEP data layers
      October 23, 2017 - The MassDEP GIS Group has updated the Public Water Supplies and wellhead (Zone II, Zone I, IWPA) protection areas data, all available from MassGIS.
    • Building Structures (2-D)
      October 4, 2017 - Downloads for all 351 communities were replaced, as we performed statewide edits during the summer to synchronize the data with our master address database using 2016 ortho imagery. Some polygons were removed where it was apparent that the structures have been demolished. Many polygons were added where we had address points but no corresponding structure polygons. The total net gain was about 2,800 polygons.
    • ZIP Codes (5-Digit) from HERE (Navteq)
      August 17, 2017 - Update based on HERE (Navteq) 2017 Q1 data.
    • NHESP Priority Habitats of Rare Species
      August 1, 2017 - Data from the 14th Edition of the Massachusetts Natural Heritage Atlas
    • NHESP Estimated Habitats of Rare Wildlife
      August 1, 2017 - Data from the 14th Edition of the Massachusetts Natural Heritage Atlas
    • FEMA National Flood Hazard Layer
      July 25, 2017 - Data updated from FEMA Flood Map Service Center, as of July 14.

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