What is meant by "the built environment"?
The Built Environment includes the buildings in which we live and work, the roads that we take to get there, the structures we've built to help move electricity, water, and other resources around the globe--changes that human beings have made to the earth.
This data can be useful for answering questions like:
These examples barely scratch the surface, but are demonstrative.
Who has this data? Where can I find it?
Built environment data is often maintained at the municipal to state government level (in the U.S.) and at similar administrative levels internationally. The level of detail required to collect this information often requires expensive surveying as part of long-term, stable programs such as county level Registers of Deeds, Land Information Offices, and Regional Planning Commissions.
In Wisconsin, this data is typically available on county land information websites or web mapping applications, from regional planing commissions, or, less often, on municipal websites. This data is also highly likely to be included in geospatial data clearinghouses such as the collection at the AGS Library at UW-Milwaukee or at the Robinson Map Library at the University of Wisconsin. Much of this data is available on Geodata@Wisconsin.
You will find tutorials for using four frequently used data portals where data related to the built environment can be found:
Includes: Tax Parcels and Assessment Data, Streets, Land Use, Address Points, Municipalities, Zoning, Hydrography, Building Footprints, and more.
Includes: Housing and properties, Land Use, Streets, and more.
Includes: Comprehensive basemap data, real estate and properties, transportation, utilities, and more.
Includes: Buildings, Facilities, Historic Preservation, Parks & Recreation, Public Safety, Sanitation, Transportation, and more.
Most commonly requested built environment data
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