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Is there any fictional world (e.g. Middle-earth, Discworld etc.) which could be used in a GIS context?

For example, an MBTiles archive and a shapefile or any other format usable with OpenLayers / Polymaps / Leaflet?

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Altought these are non fictional, ArcGIS supports using reference systems to other bodies in space, such as the moon and Mars (if I recall). –  George Sep 6 '11 at 16:24
My favourite fictional maps are of the Koana Islands, but I'm not sure where to obtain the base data for it. –  Mike T yesterday

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You could follow up the steampunk world described in How do I specify a CRS for a fictional game map in QGIS?.

I'm not sure whatever happened to it, but it'd be interesting to see how the chap got on.

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You can look at OpenGeoFiction, they use OpenStreetMap tools to make fictional maps.

Any image is also possible. You just need to use image overlay component with a raw image or tiled images with Zoomify. Instead of projection unit, you simply use pixels.

Leaflet, OpenLayers 2 & 3 support all this cases in native (except Leaflet that need a plugin for Zoomify)


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There is an interactive Google Maps of Middle Earth. Talked about in this article http://geoawesomeness.com/middle-earth-digital-elevation-model-mapping-lord-rings/

Then here's the interactive map http://middle-earth.thehobbit.com/map

Music included.

It looks like you can download the DEM for Middle Earth here http://forum.outerra.com/index.php?topic=1491.0

  1. Download and install the FREE Outerra Tech Demo (Anteworld); the Outerra planetary renderer.
  2. Download and install the FREE ME-DEM dataset.

The dataset is 1.1 GB

  • middle-earth-v1.1.otx (direct)
  • middle-earth-v1.1.otx (Google Drive)
  • middle-earth-v1.1.otx (Mega)

Just open the downloaded otx file, it will be installed automatically by Anteworld.

At the login screen, select the Middle-Earth (medem) world from the menu above the login button. It's that easy.

This is from the forum.outerra website

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I responded to your comment in my post, marked with "UPDATE" –  Andy Witt yesterday

This is not quite a fictional world, but a nice use of GIS technology nonetheless.

There's a fabulous XKCD comic featuring a highly detailed illustration, which is a bit tiresome to click and drag in the tiny window provided.

Florian Wesch georeferenced the whole cartoon and has provided it in a Leaflet map at http://xkcd-map.rent-a-geek.de

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For middle-earth there is a community doing this kind of stuff: http://www.me-dem.org/

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