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I'm searching for free data like Europe's coastline and Mediterranean island's names etc. but with good precision. I found some shp file from this site but the data it was too generalized and the scale small. Free data usually is without any warranty about their accuracy. I need it for non commercial use.

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OpenStreeMap uses Prototype_Global_Shoreline (PGS)

The data has been improved by users so the more accurate source is direct from OSM.

Errors still exist - a map showing these errors is available:

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