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Sources for US Zip Code Boundaries?

I was just wondering what the most up-to-date source for US Zip Code boundaries would be. My first thought was TIGER, whenever that comes out, but then I thought that the Postal Service might be a ...
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Free administrative boundaries available as shapefiles for United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and Italy?

After learning about the US Census's TIGERLines datasets I've working with the following layers, from the USA data Country boundaries State boundaries County boundaries City boundaries ZipCode ...
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Is there a source for historical shapefiles and tiles?

Is there a source for historical shapefiles and tiles? Like the ancient Greece/Rome, medieval Europe and Japan? Ideally with multiple snapshots during different periods in their development, since ...
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GIS data for fast food industry

I am working a small project related to fast food industry. I am trying find GIS data for fast food chains like subway, MC Donald's, Arby's, etc in state of Ohio. Basically, I am looking for point ...
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Where can I obtain an up-to-date list of US ZIP Codes with Latitude and Longitude Geocodes?

NOTE: This began as a question on Stack Overflow, which has subsequently been closed. I also noticed a similar question about Most Up-To-Date Source for US Zip Code Boundaries, but I believe this ...
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Is there an automatic function in QGIS to package all files in a project for transferability?

In my project, I use a lot of geodata from different directories. Now I want to give the QGIS project to a colleague (eg on a CD). Is it possible to copy the shapes from different directories ...
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Ordnance Survey grids - download or generate?

Does anyone know a source from which to download vector UK Ordnance Survey grids at varying resolutions? Or failing that, a tool that can create an OS grid at a specified resolution? There are plenty ...
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Finding municipal-level administrative boundary data for India?

Does anyone know how to find a shapefile with boundaries of Indian municipalities? I have tehsil boundaries as for year 2001, but I would like boundaries of municipalities and, ideally, also ...
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Indian city points and village boundaries

I am looking for Indian city/village points and village/Taluk boundaries for India. A perfect example what I am looking for is here for the State of Haryan, produce by Haryana Space Applications ...
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Converting SimpleGeo Places GeoJSON file to shapefile?

SimpleGeo has recently made their "Places" data set freely available which is GREAT, because now we can use it for our own purposes, even offline. So I went about downloading the 2GB dataset, which ...
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Where to get 2010 Census Block data?

I would like to download 2010 Census Block Data for several towns and I can't seem to find it on American Factfinder. Is it there? And if not, does anyone know where I could find it?
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Where to download free elevation data for Europe?

Where can I find free elevation data for Europe? Please mention the available resolutions and terms of use when posting a source.
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Site to download al USGS Topo Maps in bulk

I am trying to create seamless topomap WMS or TMS layer that covers the entire US (not interested in geo-pdfs). To do that, I need either the rasters (geo-tiffs, etc) or preferably vectors (whatever ...
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Ways to visualize multiple large LIDAR tiles?

I want to load approximately 10 large LIDAR tiles for analysis. I have tried using ArcScene but it appears there is a limit on how much data ArcScene can handle at one time. Each tile is 65-90MB in ...
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What are the existing datasets of world maritime routes?

I have a list of cargo ports of all over the world and need to show some port-to-port trips on a map, and also to compute lengths of these trips. For that, I need a dataset of actual maritime routes ...
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POI Datasets for North America

I use foursquare because it contains a lot of POIs. Which database do you use when you need a point of interest in North America?
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Open access repository of general GIS spatial data?

As a newcomer to using GIS for research, I am wondering if there are online repositories for spatial data, similar to package repositories for Linux distributions. For instance, I would be able to ...
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List of US government free GIS data online

The US government publishes a plethora of useful, high-quality GIS data sources online. The data includes: Municipal and international boundaries Classified points of interest Geographic maps ...
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How to download the entire ASTER GDEMv2 dataset?

In October 2011, NASA released the new ASTER GDEM global dataset (30m) and I have been wanting to get my hands on it. The only problem is that it takes forever to download and I do not feel like ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of latitude and longitude values for cities around the world?

I'm developing an application that calculates the distance between cities using their respective Longitude and Latitude values. But the problem is where to get a comprehensive list of latitude and ...
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Finding footprint data for US buildings?

Are there any sources for free and distributable building footprint datasets for major cities around the United States? Ideally, the data would also have the number of stories of each building; is ...
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3D visualisation with open source GIS software [closed]

I'm searching for QGIS (or other open source GIS software) tools that can analyse XYZ data. Also I'm interested to hear about if anyone have migrated to non commercial software regarding geological ...
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Available US State or National business (or employer) database lists?

This question dovetails with this post on geomarketing applications. I am familiar with some of larger, paid-for business registry's like InfoUSA and Dunn & Bradstreet. While the detailed ...
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Programmatically download (seamless) NED tiles?

I used to download 1/3 arcsecond elevation geotiffs from extract.cr.usgs.gov using web services. But a few days ago, that stopped working, probably because USGS reorganized their site. I tried ...
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Where can I find the finest granularity of 2010 US census population information?

I am writing a re-districting application where I want to be able to create US voting districts based on geographic coordinate population data. In a perfect world, I would have the population for each ...
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Seeking Singapore postal districts boundaries?

Does anyone know where to get GIS data for Singapore postal boundaries? I need a shape or KML file which I can then overlay onto google maps to show a neighbourhood break down of Singapore.
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Finding GIS data sources for developing nations?

Not all countries have the benefit of funding/technologies for developing GIS data stores. I'm looking for a list of common GIS data sources that should be investigated when trying to build a good ...
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Simplifying adjacent polygons

I encountered a problem simplifying set of polygons that are adjacent. If I simplify each polygon separately with the Douglas–Peucker algorithm (which is used by many open source tools), the resulting ...
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Sources of realtime spatial data

I'm trying to set up a demo that serves up live spatial data, but am having trouble finding any suitable example data sources. Ideally I'm looking for something that updates every few seconds; either ...
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Where can I find China data?

I'm looking for good free online sources of vector data on China (shapefiles of cities, provinces, terrain etc). Would anyone be able to suggest where to look? Are there any open repositories of this ...
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Where to get street data in an importable format?

I don't want to use WMS layers, but to actually store the data in my local server, where can I find street data from the world?
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Need a Benchmark GPS Trajectory data-set? Anyone?

I'm looking for a benchmark GPS data set, available for research purposes for free. I've found GeoLife GPS Trajectories dataset from Microsoft Research but I find it a little incomplete. What I need ...
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Where can I find a shapefile of city boundaries in the US?

Where can I find a shapefile that contains boundaries for the major cities in the United States? I have tried the census website but could not find anything.
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Downloading SRTM data

Is there an easy way to mass download SRTM data? The data is published for download here, but it's sliced into thousands of small files, and I don't see an FTP option for more efficient ...
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Equivalent of CORINE land cover data sets for rest of world

I am looking for the equivalent of CORINE land cover data sets (100 meters) for the rest of the world; not merely urban areas but any area in general. I see sousa's question unanswered so I thought I ...
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How to transfer data from spreadsheet into shapefile?

I am looking at Deprivation in the UK and there is some good data in the form of spreadsheets on this website http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/corporate/statistics/indices2010 I would like ...
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Automated quality control and assurance - geodata?

I've recently started looking at the issue of automated quality control and assurance of geographic data. What software exists that can be used for accomplishing this? Esri has got their product ...
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Seeking free, publicly available GIS data for Singapore?

Are there any free, publicly available datasets for Singapore? I've examined Openstreetmap, Global Admin Boundaries, GRUMP and the Natural Earth datasets, but I'm interested in vector data of higher ...
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Implementing version control system for geospatial data? [closed]

Not that I am in any immediate need of a right answer here, but I've lately seen some efforts to introduce the concept of "(distributed) version control systems" for geographic data. Some examples ...
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Are there sources for more esoteric data than streets worldwide?

Related to this question. For example, things like: political world map (as polygons) cities of the world geolocated climate data (avg temp, humidity, rain, as polygons), earthquakes, hurricanes ...
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How can we protect GIS data?

I have found a very interesting paper here related to this topic. I just want to have views/ideas from other professional about how we can protect GIS data using Cryptography or Digital Watermarking? ...
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Near real-time sources of lightning strike data

I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on sources of near real-time lightning strike data available for download? For example, Intellicast.com has a map of strikes, but makes no mention of the ...
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Are any fictional worlds available in some GIS format?

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 / ...
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Where can I get a world map with boundaries of regions and communities for commercial use?

I am looking for a vector file worldmap which should include as many boundaries reaching to a very small level (like ZIP-Codes/small communities/etc) as possible. The data of Natural Earth is quite ...
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Obtaining Australian Spatial Data?

I already have basemap data - for that Bing Maps or OpenStreetMap are fine. However, for demonstration purposes I need data for operational layers that I can throw on top of this. It needs to be ...
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Definitive source for downloading DEM data

USGS has been moving towards serving data through The National Map Viewer. They have several WMServices through their website that serve elevation data to the public (hillshade & DEM). The ...
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What is a good taxonomy or naming convention for files and folders containing GIS data?

My company has collected about 30 TBs of GIS data over the past 8 years, and I always find myself asking the following questions: What type of data do we have for a given geographic area? What are ...
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Provincial Base Mapping Data Sources in Canada

I'm very familiar with the Ontario Base Mapping Data, and am looking for similar data for other Canadian Provinces. Perhaps we can start a list of resources here? I'm looking for something at a larger ...
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Is there a source for historical shapefiles of Europe in the modern era?

Is there a source for historical shapefiles of Europe in the modern era, i.e. starting ca. 1400? I know that "where can I find historic border data" questions were asked multiple times but I couldn't ...
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Databases of bars, pubs and restaurants in United States and Canada?

I am mostly seeking Bars and Pubs but Restaurants are a very nice bonus. I need a database with zipcode, city, state, longitude, latitude, establishment name, establishment contact information, maybe ...