Salt Lake Tribune: New database gives widest look ever at LDS Church landholdings. See what it owns and where.

Salt Lake Tribune: New database gives widest look ever at LDS Church landholdings. See what it owns and where.. “From thousands of acres of farmlands to thousands of places of worship and from shiny commercial enclaves in urban centers to flowing fields in swelling suburbs, a newly released list shows The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints owns U.S. properties valued at nearly $16 billion and ranks the Utah-based faith among the nation’s top private landholders.”

UCLA: Web tool co-created by UCLA a veritable ‘Swiss Army knife’ for land management

UCLA: Web tool co-created by UCLA a veritable ‘Swiss Army knife’ for land management. This site was created to provide information about the western US. “The site, which launched Feb. 15, provides a comprehensive picture of vegetation and ground cover and can display where land is covered by sagebrush, shrubs, perennial grasses or dead plant material, as well as where it has no cover. Using machine learning, the tool can also show changes in vegetation over time and perform statistical analyses on the data to help interpret the results.”

Coastal Review (North Carolina): Interactive maps show benefits of natural, working lands

Coastal Review (North Carolina): Interactive maps show benefits of natural, working lands. “Duke Univerity’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions launched last month the North Carolina Natural and Working Lands Dashboards for communities, land managers, nongovernmental organizations and the public to have access to information on these lands that ‘can store carbon, enhance community and ecosystem resilience, and provide many other social, economic and environmental benefits,’ according to the website.”

Grown Here at Home: New website helping to connect farmers in Virginia (WDBJ)

WDBJ: Grown Here at Home: New website helping to connect farmers in Virginia. “A resource for farmers has a new look. The Virginia Farm Link website is an interactive resource to help match retiring farmers with beginning and expanding farmers. ‘There’s going to be a major transition of land over the next 10 years or so as the older generations needs to retire and pass their farms onto someone,’ said Jen Perkins, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services farmland preservation coordinator.”

India Today: Will innovative database on ‘Indian Land Laws’ make a tangible mark among citizens? Dr. Jagdish Chandra Rout explains

India Today: Will innovative database on ‘Indian Land Laws’ make a tangible mark among citizens? Dr. Jagdish Chandra Rout explains. “Since India is an agrarian economy with over 60% of its populace dependent on cultivable land for livelihood and sustenance, the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) has reportedly pioneered the launch of a database… on Indian Land Laws (claimed to be the first of its kind). It keeps in view the pivotal role played by land as a prime economic resource.” I poked around the site for a few minutes. You have to have an account to see legislation details but it’s easy to sign up. I was VERY impressed with the design and UI of this site. Great job.

Mongabay: New database wrangles data on land rights projects around the globe

Mongabay: New database wrangles data on land rights projects around the globe. “The Land Portal Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in the Netherlands, recently released what it’s calling ‘the largest global database of land and property rights projects.’ In around a decade of existence, the Land Portal Foundation has worked to pull together the often disparate information on these projects from its partners around the world so that researchers, donors and campaigners have a better idea of how these projects are transpiring, said Laura Meggiolaro, the organization’s team leader.”

Rowan Today: Hasse receives N.J. conservation award for vast online mapping project

New-to-me, with new offshoots: Hasse receives N.J. conservation award for vast online mapping project. “Rowan University Professor of Geography John Hasse and a team of researchers have compiled a massive trove of New Jersey land use data and moved it all online for easy access, a project that will benefit students, journalists, municipal officials, developers and residents for decades to come.”

Arizona State University: Research project aims to build geospatial artificial intelligence for landform detection

Arizona State University: Research project aims to build geospatial artificial intelligence for landform detection. “Earth is enormous, and while humans have done a decent job of being able to map out the boundaries of countries and states, the roads in our cities and the location of geological sightseeing destinations, there remains a lot of the world that isn’t precisely figured out. But a new project from Wenwen Li, associate professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, aims to learn more about our world and its varying terrain by applying artificial intelligence.”

Berkeley: CalLands maps cropland ownership across California

Berkeley: CalLands maps cropland ownership across California. “To build the CalLands’ interactive website, Luke Macaulay and Van Butsic — both assistant UC Cooperative Extension specialists based in UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management — combined satellite-generated maps of land cover created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with publicly available land ownership records. Next, they anonymized ownership identity and pulled data from all 58 California counties to include parcels of land larger than five acres. The result is a database that features 543,495 privately-owned properties across the state, creating a data-rich map of crops and ownership boundary lines in every county.”

BusinessWire: New Online Mapping Tool Reveals 500 Million Square Feet of Public Land Potentially Usable for Affordable Housing (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: New Online Mapping Tool Reveals 500 Million Square Feet of Public Land Potentially Usable for Affordable Housing (PRESS RELEASE). “A new online tool, launched yesterday by the University of Miami with support from Citi, reveals roughly 500 million square feet – roughly the size of Manhattan – of underutilized, publicly owned land in Miami-Dade potentially suitable for the development of affordable housing.” This is only one area, of course, but what an interesting idea.

FutureScot: ScotLIS takes shape

FutureScot: ScotLIS takes shape. “There’s a myriad of property data out there, from house price information to property title details. Wouldn’t it be useful if all that information was available in one place? That’s why, at Registers of Scotland (RoS) we’re developing ScotLIS. ScotLIS is an innovative, map-based land and information service that will facilitate easy access to a wide range of data relating to land and property in Scotland.”

Silicon Prairie News: Iowa startup Terva wants to be Zillow for farmland

Interesting: Iowa startup Terva wants to be Zillow for farmland. “When you’re looking to buy residential property, it’s easy to use a site like Zillow to find out almost everything you would want to know about a home. If you’re a farmer looking to expand your acreage, the process isn’t quite as simple. The Ames startup Terva is hoping to simplify the process and to become the destination site for agricultural real estate.”

Land Records for Delhi India Digitized and Put Online

Land records for Delhi, India, have been digitized and put online. “Land records of almost all villages across national capital have been digitised as part of efforts to bring transparency and weed out corruption, Delhi government said today…. A senior officer of the Revenue Department said that land records of all villages of Delhi except for the villages of North District have been digitised and digitally signed from today.”