Right to Use
Note on copyright from e-mail exchange with MassGIS:
- All of our data is paid for by the taxpayers and is therefore in the public domain. We do prefer to be credited though in any publications... When using MassGIS data on maps or in digital applications, source credit should be stated as "Office of Geographic and Environmental Information (MassGIS), Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs".
Please refer to the MassGIS list of available datalayers.
Import status and mappings notes by layer follow.
Executive Office of Transportation-OTP Roads Layer
This layer was imported in 2007.
- MassGis_to_OSM_Attribute_Map Mappings for the EOT-OTP layer by crschmidt
- Message from Brandon points to files (which are no longer available)
- It appears that the user ID "MassGIS Import" was used to upload this data
Three towns were omitted from the initial import for various reasons:
- Freetown (still missing signficant numbers of local roads)
- Gloucester (as of 201203, OSM looks pretty complete)
- Braintree (as of 201203, OSM looks pretty complete)
- Police Stations
- Fire Stations
Please add information about these imports.
- Since much of this layer was produced by digitizing paper maps, the areas frequently do not line up with the surrounding streets. The MassGIS L3 imaging layer available in JOSM can be used to refine the imported boundaries.
- Lakes, ponds, and Wetlands were imported December 2010. Only Cape Cod and Charles River were imported by user morganwahl.
- The rest of MA lakes and ponds, but not the wetlands, are being currently imported MassGIS_DEP_Wetlands_Import_2013.
MBTA Rapid Transit Layer
Please add information about this import.
Bicycle Trails Layer
Town Boundaries from Survey Points Layer
Around 201110, Calvin Metcalf imported most of this layer, and then various people edited to resolve minor issues. As of 201203, it is believed that town boundary data in OSM is in pretty good shape. (However, coastline data was not necessarily aligned with town boundary data, this was fixed by importing the offshore town boundary layer in Aug-Sep 2012, see below).
A comprehensive list of boundary relations for each town/city which incorporates the survey points layer (and the offshore layer, below) can be found at: Massachusetts/Boundary Relations.
Offshore Town Boundaries and County Boundaries
The MA state boundaries has been fixed to be the outer coastal boundary of all towns/counties. Join the discussion on the Talk:Massachusetts/Boundary Relations talk page. As of early Sep 2012, there is still some checking on all relations to be done. See also: diary entry
- Jan 2009, User crschmidt imported the 290,000 buildings around Boston. No wiki page exists for this import.
- April 2013, the rest of the state MassGIS Buildings Import was completed.
- Best practices for tagging and imports have changed quite a bit since 2009. This project MassGIS Import Tag Cleanup 2013 is going to clean up some tagging issues with the 2009/2010 imports.
MassGIS provides an WMS server:
Particularly useful are the Color Ortho Imagery. As this data is more recent than aerial photography provided by Yahoo!, it is highly recommended that it be used when mapping the covered areas.
- 2008 30cm Color Ortho Imagery (north-eastern part of state)
- 2008 15cm Color Ortho Imagery (selected towns)
- 2005 Color Ortho Imagery (whole state)
USGS provides a WMS server with these same layers:
- Service URL for JOSM's WMSPlugin.