HIFLD Notifications and Updates

Parcel Data: Results Limited to 1000 Items

December 6, 2018 

Please be advised of an existing result limit when using Parcel Data – a category within the HIFLD Licensed Data Offering on the GII Portal. Users are limited to seeing the first 1000 items (or 100 pages of Parcels – broken out by each State and each county within the state).

Please view the attached documentation which further details the issue and the workaround solution. 

Parcel Data Issue and Workaround

HIFLD Data Maintenance

June 18th - June 29th, 2018

For your awareness, select data layers hosted on both the HIFLD Open and HIFLD Secure data portals will be undergoing routine maintenance starting Monday, June 18th and ending Friday, June 29th. During this time, only select HIFLD data layers will be affected. If there are undue mission impacts during this maintenance window, please contact the HIFLD Support Team immediately at (202) 853-5361 or HIFLD@hq.dhs.gov.

We will notify you once these select HIFLD data layers have been updated and are complete. You will also receive a new Data List and details regarding the additions, updates, and/or changes that took place across HIFLD Open and HIFLD Secure during this maintenance window.

If viewing metadata that the new site, it is displayed in ISO 19139 as opposed to FGDC CSDGM format in the old site. Attached is a short tutorial on how to view metadata in FGDC format for the new HIFLD Open site, should you desire.

Movement of Layers from Open to Secure

April 24, 2018

Four data layers, below, have been temporarily moved from HIFLD Open to HIFLD Secure on GII Portal via HSIN credentials due to a concern raised by a few HIFLD users. As such, DHS/NGA/HIFLD have taken this temporary step out of an abundance of caution as we work to address the issue via the HIFLD Subcommittee and the appropriate oversight authorities to determine future distribution.

  • Natural Gas Receipt Delivery Points
  • Electric Substations
  • Power Plants
  • Natural Gas Interconnects

The HIFLD Data Catalog has been updated to reflect these changes. The Catalog can be found on the HIFLD Open homepage.

We realize this may cause some impacts to your use of the data and services, so please feel free to contact us with any questions at HIFLD@hq.dhs.gov or by using the HIFLD Feedback tool on the HIFLD Open homepage.

HIFLD Subcommittee Site – Temporarily Offline

April 7, 2018

The HIFLD website is currently offline while we work to upgrade the site. For all HIFLD inquiries or to request access to HIFLD Licensed Data layers, please contact the HIFLD inbox at HIFLD@hq.dhs.gov or call 202-853-5361.

HIFLD Data Maintenance

January, 2018

We are pleased to announce a number of updates to data layers hosted on HIFLD Open and HIFLD Secure effective immediately. These updates include corrections, new releases, and updated layers. Please refer to the attachments below and the HIFLD 2017 data list for detailed information. The most up-to-date data catalog can be found on the HIFLD Open Data homepage by selecting 'HIFLD Catalog' button.

Please note that some changes resulted in new URLs. Attached is a tutorial on how to refresh these if you have local system access to HIFLD Open layers.

If viewing metadata that the new site, it is displayed in ISO 19139 as opposed to FGDC CSDGM format in the old site. Attached is a short tutorial on how to view metadata in FGDC format for the new HIFLD Open site, should you desire.

HIFLD Open Shapefile Caveat

Shapefiles accessed on HIFLD Open are created by converting the Geodatabase version of the data to a shapefile. These shapefiles may have attribution and metadata errors resulting from the conversion process. The following are known issues: null values may have been changed to 0s (zeros), numbers may have been rounded up, there may be issues with Unicode character strings, and time cannot be stored in a date field. Field names may have been truncated to no longer than 10 characters and lengthy string attributes may have been truncated to 254 characters. Shapefiles do not support coded domains and subtypes therefore the original file geodatabase attribution and metadata information for coded domains and subtypes could be incorrect or missing in the shapefile version. Please visit the following ESRI website for more information: caution-http://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/tool-reference/appendices/geoprocessing-considerations-for-Shapefile-output.htm

HSIP Gold 2015 – DVD 6 Notification for HIFLD Website

The current HSIP Gold 2015 DVD 6: Navteq® Standard Address Locators contains missing files which is causing a few of the locators to error. The "USA_StreetName" address locator within the HSIP Gold 2015 DVD 6 does not work due to a missing "*.lox" file. The "*.lox" file is necessary as it is the file against which address matching occurs. This impacts two 'composite' address locators included: “USA” & “USA_LocalComposite”, both of which utilize the "USA_StreetName" address locator. As is, the net result is that neither of the composite address locators will properly work because the "USA_StreetName" address locator is incomplete. In addition, DVD 6 is missing all files for the "USA_ZIP4”, “USA_ZIP4_LocalComposite” and multiple Virgin Island address locators (VIR, VIR_AdminPlaces, VIR_LocalComposite_VIR_Postal, VIR_PostalLocality, VIR_StreetAddress, and VIR_StreetName). If you only require the composite address locators, you can build your own composite address locator, but omit the "USA_StreetName" address locator. Please see the following link for further information on building a composite address locator: http://help.arcgis.com/en/arcgisdesktop/10.0/help/index.html#//00250000003r000000.htm Users can also request a new, corrected copy of DVD 6 by emailing: hifld@hq.dhs.gov. The new version of DVD 6 will include the corrected "USA_StreetName" address locator (with the "*.lox" file), the "USA_ZIP4", and all of the Virgin Island address locators. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause; we continue to strive to implement user feedback in order to improve the HSIP product. If you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns please contact the HIFLD Support Team at hifld@hq.dhs.gov or the NGA HSIP Team at hsip_team@nga.mim

HSIP Gold 2015 Notifications

We identified a discrepancy with the naming convention for 1 dataset within DVD 1 > Infrastructure > Commercial Sector. The “GroceryStores” dataset is misnamed, the Feature Class name and Alias was not properly updated to the new 2015 name: “Shopping”. As identified in the HSIP Gold 2015 Data List, the data is the NAVTEQ general “Shopping” data. When inserting the data into ArcMap the content appears correctly titled as “Shopping”. Users will have issues with mapping the content to the symbology within the MXD and Style File. To correct, right click on the dataset and choose “Repair Data Source” to navigate to choose the correct data on your computer: HSIP_Gold_2015\Data\Infrastructure\Commercial\Commercial.gdb\GroceryStores. Also, the Infrastructure MXD does not automatically link to data within the Energy sector. To correct, right click on the dataset and choose “Repair Data Source” to navigate to the HSIP Gold Energy Sector on your computer: HSIP_Gold_2015\Data\Infrastructure\Energy\Energy.gdb. All other sectors should auto-repair and display without issue. In addition, within the HSIP Gold 2015 DVDs, the HSIP Gold Data List 'HSIP 2013 - HSIP 2015 Crosswalk' tab is missing a record from the Government Sector. The 2013 Feature Class "Homeland_Response_Force" / 2013 Alias Name "Homeland Response Force" correctly crosswalks to the 2015 Feature Class "NatlGuard_CBRNE_CERFP_HRF_Locs" / 2015 Alias Name "National Guard Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) Homeland Response Force (HRF) Units Locations". This record has been added to an updated version which is available for download on the HSIP Gold page.

 

Attention HSIP Users:

HSIP 2015 Updates: We identified a discrepancy with the naming convention for 1 dataset within DVD 1 > Infrastructure > Commercial Sector. The “GroceryStores” dataset is misnamed, the Feature Class name and Alias was not properly updated to the new 2015 name: “Shopping”. As identified in the HSIP Gold 2015 Data List, the data is the NAVTEQ general “Shopping” data. When inserting the data into ArcMap the content appears correctly titled as “Shopping”. Users will have issues with mapping the content to the symbology within the MXD and Style File. To correct, right click on the dataset and choose “Repair Data Source” to navigate to choose the correct data on your computer: HSIP_Gold_2015\Data\Infrastructure\Commercial\Commercial.gdb\GroceryStores. Also, the Infrastructure MXD does not automatically link to data within the Energy sector. To correct, right click on the dataset and choose “Repair Data Source” to navigate to the HSIP Gold Energy Sector on your computer: HSIP_Gold_2015\Data\Infrastructure\Energy\Energy.gdb. All other sectors should auto-repair and display without issue. HSIP 2013 Data Updates: Upon receiving feedback from the user community, the NGA HSIP Team has confirmed multiple issues exist. This notification affects various datasets included in the HSIP Gold 2013 Database. Please see the specific concerns below: The HSIP Gold Database was compressed in ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 5. Esri has identified a bug in their decompression algorithm, beginning with the ArcGIS 10.1 release. This bug also causes errors with select feature classes containing null geometries. The combination of compressed datasets and feature classes with null geometries result in spatial inaccuracies and querying errors in ArcGIS 10.1 and 10.2. This issue has been logged with Esri under bug ‘NIM100492’ and is reported to be fixed in with the ArcGIS 10.3 release. HSIP Gold datasets impacted include: Public Schools*, OBP National Capabilities Asset Database*, Receiving Hospitals*, Tornado Touchdowns*, Mobile Home Parks*, Railroad Tunnels*, Defense Site Locations, National Inventory of Dams*, and National Levee Database*. (* denotes datasets also included in HSIP Freedom) In addition, the NGA HSIP Team has confirmed issues exist with the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Business Points which contained corrupted geospatial locations. This issue impacts multiple datasets included in 14 sector geodatabases. The NGA HSIP Team has replaced the business point data with the most current, uncorrupted deliverable (April 2014). The NGA HSIP Team believes they have taken the appropriate steps to address the data discrepancies as defined above. The NGA HSIP Team feels these developments warrant a supplemental Infrastructure Data disc in order to provide the best available, geospatially enabled baseline infrastructure data to the community. As a result, current shipments of HSIP Gold 2013 have been temporarily suspended. Requests are still being accepted and validated online. A new, supplemental disc ‘DVD 1: Infrastructure Data’, with the corrected feature classes, will be shipped to ALL approved users. This includes existing, approved requests who have already received discs as well as new, approved requests in the system. Shipments are expected to resume in May 2014. Users will receive an automated e-mail notifying them of status. All future shipments of HSIP Gold 2013 will include the new, corrected data disc. HSIP Freedom geodatabases and HSIP Gold geospatial data services available on the DHS Geospatial Information Infrastructure (GII) will also be updated. Users of these services should see updates beginning in June 2014. Users are instructed to completely replace DVD 1 and re-install with the updated disc (DVD1: Infrastructure Data Version 2) to result in the least amount of impact. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause; we continue to strive to implement user feedback in order to improve the HSIP product.

Attention HSIP NAVTEQ 2013 Users:

In order to fully utilize the geolocators provided by NAVTEQ, users must have both NAVTEQ locator discs installed and residing in same folder and file location (following installation instructions on the back). For HSIP Gold users, this includes Discs 5 & 6. For HSIP NAVTEQ State Release users, this includes Discs 2 & 3. In addition, users operating in an ArcGIS 10.0 environment must have Service Pack 5 installed in order to correctly run the advanced locators. Service Pack 5 can be downloaded from the Esri ArcGIS site (http://support.esri.com/en/downloads/patches-servicepacks/).

Disclaimer

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