Spring Regional Spotlight: Ashland County Building Inventory

Posted By: Kim Meinert Spring Regional,

As the Spring Regional Meeting approaches, we bring you highlights from the agenda.  Today, we take a closer look at Ashland County Building Inventory Project: Barriers to Acquiring Digital Assessment Data in WI from Howard Veregin and Ann Buschhaus of the State Cartographer's Office.  If you haven't registered yet, head on over to the Spring Regional Event Page for registration and hotel information

BuildingBuilding-level assessment data, acquired annually by local assessors, includes detailed information on dozens of building attributes that can be used for a wide variety of purposes. Unfortunately, obtaining assessment data for Wisconsin communities in a machine-readable format is more difficult than you might imagine. The obstacles include technical and software issues, per-record fees, the data formats available, and restrictions on data redistribution. Come to this presentation and hear about our experiences with assessment data in northern Ashland County for a flood-related building inventory project.