Summary & Purpose
This is a data set representing a subset of buildings and structures, within areas of special interest in Boise, Idaho and the surrounding region. The polygons and points are a best guess representation, generally determined from aerial photography, of the location and exterior shapes of the buildings. Building footprints may include roof overhangs, coverings for decks, and attached outbuildings that are not distinguishable from the main building. The polygons do not represent true building footprints. The data was originally collected by Geographic General, Inc. from 1986 aerial photography, and is now maintained by City of Boise GIS. Because data collection and verification is labor intensive, high priority areas were identified and are being updated first. The high priority areas include: Boise State University campus; core downtown Boise City; Boise Towne Square Mall; churches, schools, hospitals; buildings within parks; and some other commercial and industrial areas. It is unlikely that residential structures will be collected in the foreseeable future, if ever.
Date of Publication or Submission
This publication was made possible by the NSF Idaho EPSCoR Program and by the National Science Foundation under award number IIA-1301792.
Data Source Credits
Original, newly-created data.
Single Dataset or Series?
Each point, which represents a building footprint, was digitized taking the reference of NAIP imagery and cadastral parcels. Later the layer was spatial joined with the Parcels Shapefile. The data set is composed of a polygon shape file generated with ArcMap 10.2.2. and based upon 2010 imagery. The shape file has been zipped for easy download. There is also a shape file containing a set of points corresponding to building locations based on 2013 imagery; that zip file is attached as an additional resource. These data sets can be used for general mapping, as reference information for assisting in managing public safety incidents, and for a variety of planning and development purposes. The data sets should not be used as any official demarcation of building locations or footprints or land areas. The data should not be used to calculate building area or to measure the distance between buildings and/or any other feature of interest. The data is incomplete and represents only a small subset of all existing development in the region.
Map Area Coordinate System
GCS_North_American_1983, Projection: NAD_1983_Transverse_Mercator
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Data will be provided to all who agree to appropriately acknowledge the National Science Foundation (NSF), Idaho EPSCoR and the individual investigators responsible for the data set. By downloading these data and using them to produce further analysis and/or products, users agree to appropriately acknowledge the National Science Foundation (NSF), Idaho EPSCoR and the individual investigators responsible for the data set. Use constraints: Acceptable uses of data provided by Idaho EPSCoR include any academic, research, educational, governmental, recreational, or other not-for-profit activities. Any use of data provided by the Idaho EPSCoR must acknowledge Idaho EPSCoR and the funding source(s) that contributed to the collection of the data. Users are expected to inform the Idaho EPSCoR Office and the PI(s) responsible for the data of any work or publications based on data provided.
Disclaimer of Warranty
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Dahal, Khila R. and Felt, Christopher. (2016). 2010 and 2013 Data Set of Building Footprint Shapes and Points for Boise Idaho and Surrounding Region [Data set]. Retrieved from http://doi.org/10.18122/B2KK5N
Click below to download supplemental content.2010_Building_ShapeFile.zip (43473 kB)
Zipped shape file.
2013_Building_ShapeFile.zip (8391 kB)
Zipped shape file.