NYC’s MapPLUTO is free!

Download away!  http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/bytes/applbyte.shtml

This essential corpus of public data is now (finally!) freely accessible.  According to the metadata:

Access Constraints: MapPLUTO is freely available to all New York City agencies and the public.

Thanks to:

  • Jessie Braden at Pratt Institute for pointing it out,
  • 596 Acres for pressing the FOIL case with the city (and a similar effort from Muck Rock),
  • The New York World for highlighting the irony of charging fees and licenses for this data,
  • the NYC Transparency Working Group for pressing the city on all things opendata,
  • anyone and everyone in city government who pressed for this change from the inside, and
  • thanks to everyone else who helped shine a light on this ongoing failure of the city’s open data efforts — that has now been turned around!
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10 Responses

  1. Don’t forget the NYC Transparency Working Group… :-)

  2. Thanks also for your continued efforts to encourage the City to release this and many other data sets.

  3. Thanks for the news and efforts Steven. I am glad they are available now. Lets hope one day we will have the historic data.

    • Yes, the historic data is a good question. It’s not clear if data that anyone had obtained earlier under the license is now usable with no license restrictions.

  4. […] for Urban Research. Steve has advocated for the freeing of this data set for some time, and in announcing the new DCP policy on his blog, he thanks several others in academia, journalism, and the nonprofit world for their contribution […]

  5. […] Up until last month and despite Local Law 11 of 2012, PLUTO and MapPLUTO were under a restrictive license and cost $300 per borough. Though the collective effort of the New York City Transparency Working Group, New York City’s Mayor’s Analytics Unit, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, and the Department of City Planning, on July 25 2013, MapPLUTO was freed. […]

  6. […] Up until last month and despite Local Law 11 of 2012, PLUTO and MapPLUTO were under a restrictive license and cost $300 per borough. Though the collective effort of the New York City Transparency Working Group, New York City’s Mayor’s Analytics Unit, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, and the Department of City Planning, on July 25 2013, MapPLUTO was freed. […]

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