Land Ownership 0% open

United States

What data is expected?

Data should include maps of lands with parcel layer that displays boundaries in addition to a land registry with information on registered parcels of land. The Index focuses on assessing open land tenure data (describing the rules and processes of land property). Responsible use may enable tenure security and increase the transparency of land transactions. The assessment criteria were developed in collaboration with Cadasta Foundation. For more information on land ownership datasets and where they're located, check out Cadasta Foundation's Data Overview.

  • Parcel boundaries (inc. latitude and longitude)
  • Parcel ID
  • Property value (i.e. Price Paid, Property Tax Value)
  • Tenure Type (ie. leasehold, freehold, protected lands, public lands, customary lands)

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
In an open and machine-readable format
Publicly available No
Collected by government Yes Appears the The State and National Parcel Data Working Group of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), which is maintained by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Department of the Interior, is responsible for collecting land ownership data. Upon reviewing the site, however, I could not find the data. The NAP site ( provides an excellent description of the FGDC and may also point to other potential data sources to be searched by the expert reviewer: "As part of the FGDC, this subcommittee is charged with coordinating the interest in cadastral information of stakeholders at all levels of government. To support the coordination activities the subcommittee established an eastern and a western coordinator and steering committees. The committees focus on activities of regional concern as well as items of national interest. As discussed in Chapter 2, this subcommittee was instrumental in creating the content data standard for a modern land parcel data model. This standard is part of the Framework Content Data Standard, which is now going through its final approval at the American National Standards Institute level. Once approved, it will become an American National Standard applicable for adoption and use at all levels of government and industry." Additional information: One final data source could be found under the "Statewide Land Ownership" listing here (*&sort=fl_navMetric_ViewCount%20desc). However, it appears the link is broken.
collector_name FGDC Cadastral Subcommittee
Controlled access No
location -

According to the Federal Geographic Data Committee, the Cadastral Subcommittee is coordinating national cadastral and land records information [].

Meta data

Data location
Data licence   Unknown
Data format   Unknown
Reviewer   Codrina Maria Ilie
Submitters   Katherine Wikrent
Last modified   Tue Jan 24 2017 22:54:05 GMT+0000 (UTC)