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For non-commercial use, try GADM. For small scale global dataset try Natural Earth.


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For the UK try http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/opendata/ (Hello Ordnance Survey :) )


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http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Potential_Datasources This wiki has the most comprehensive (reviewed by data quality) list of freely available data sources that I have yet to come across. OpenStreetMap has a lot of data. http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Shapefiles If isn't necessarily authoritative, but if you are just trying to get data.


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Try http://www.naturalearthdata.com/ (Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales)


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I use the CanVec offerings somewhat regularly in building teaching assignments for profs, but the data require a good amount of work to go from what's provided to what a novice GIS user (who may or may not actually be interested in GIS) can handle. As an example, if I want to supply a layer of fire station points in our region as part of an assignment, the ...


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The CanVec dataset will be merged into the OpenStreetMap database, over the next 2 years (i estimate on how long it should take) http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/CanVec For those interested im helping out, feel free to just ask on the OSM mailing list. (this link can be found on the CanVec wiki page) this website does not allow for more than 1 link. And ...


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Canadian postal codes are not available for free download. You can either purchase the PostCode Conversion File from Statistics Canada or one of many value-added data sets from providers like DMTI Spatial. The lack of freely available PostCode data for Canada is a huge hindrance to business.


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A list of all Canadian postal codes (includes city, province, latitude, longitude) is available here: http://geocoder.ca/?freedata=1 Geocoder collected the postal codes by crowd-sourcing.


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It actually seems very reasonable from a price perspective. I would specify it meets XXXX standard of accuracy and I would specify the file be in las 1.2 (or another spec as desired). Specify the classes you require and the RMSEz that is acceptable (often just vertical in lidar). 7 points per m is high. I find this document very useful. It spells out what ...


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For Australia, the Bureau of Statistics provides most of the information: Country: Country boundaries should be produced by merging all the state boundaries (below) into a single polygon feature. State: State level boundaries are available. County: The states can be geographically disaggregated in a number of ways - perhaps the most similar to county ...


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UPDATE: Stats Canada has since released the Forward Sortation Areas Boundry files (as of February 5, 2013 according to their site). I'm downloading it now to try it out, feel free to check it out yourself and use the new data. Download Page for all Census Boundary Files 2011 Canada FSA Boundary File - Full Product Details Statistics Canada has a page ...


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The quickest solution I would suggest is use the online website Batch geocode and try to get your data in a spreadsheet format the site is willing to accept. Batch geo gives the option to export as a kml file. Alternatively you can simply create your own kml file and specify your string within the address tag. When you load up the kml file into Google Earth ...


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Canada wide: GeoGratis GeoBase GeoConnections Atlas of Canada Open Data Pilot Project Provincial: Manitoba Land Initiative Service New Brunswick Information Services Corporation (Saskatchewan) GeoNova (Nova Scotia) Alberta Geological Survey AltaLIS (Alberta) GeoBC (British Columbia) Edit: Updated links


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That isn't garbage, that's UTF-8 being displayed as CP1252. This Stackoverflow topic may help you on your way, as may this one (if you're in Python).


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As Jason pointed out you've got a mismatch between the character set of the data and the character set of locator. It's probably the geodb that doesn't match the data and vice versa. Make sure the geodb is in UTF-8. If you want to retain the accented characters and still get 100% match with the unaccented spellings, store unaccented versions of the names in ...


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I have two ideas: Check out the Statistics Canada site for .shp downloads. It looks like "Census Subdivisions" is what you are after, although there may be more detailed products there. An alternative is to use the ArcGIS basemaps in ArcMap (File > Add Data > Add Base Map > National Geographic). These are great for displaying down to the street level in ...


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Note that the Postal Code Conversion files will be freely available as of Oct 24, 2012 as per the new data freedom initiative. See here for details.


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The UN has a dataset for many (but not all) countries, known as the Second Administrative Level Boundaries data set project (SALB). The dataset is standardized in terms of the international border, metadata profile, spelling, coding scheme, editing protocols used and can be downloaded at no cost. However, as it is licensed under the creative commons ...


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Well here's a few: Proper Databases (Cheap / free but of variable quality) - you will probably have to convert to mySQL yourself as this is not a standard geospatial format given its relatively poor geo extensions. US restaurants list Factual Places Cloudmade OpenStreetMap APIs (usage restrictions, generally free to a certain level of use) Foursquare ...


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This looks to me like a one degree wide and half degree high sheet layout of topographic maps similar to NTS. Created with QGIS using vector raster. The numbering looks like a combination of West and North coordinates in 1/10 degrees. This map contains an overview of 1:100,000 maps with the same numbering scheme: ...


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Another answer to get around the single hyperlink restriction: Also check out free spatial data from the DIVA-GIS website for world administrative boundaries and other interesting features: http://www.diva-gis.org/Data


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There are similar questions: GIS data for fast food industry POI Datasets for North America Seeking shapefiles of business locations that contain answers that may guide you to find the Points of Interest data you are looking for. Particularly take a look at OpenStreetMap, SimpleGEO, and POI Factory. Additionally, you should browse the questions tagged ...


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Refractions Research offers self-paced PostGIS training courses. They also have other PostGIS training packages. You can check a sample outline here. They're based on British Columbia. Refractions Research Suite 419 – 1207 Douglas Street Victoria, British Columbia Canada, V8W-2E7 Phone: (250) 383-3022


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The default projection in D3 is the U.S.-centric d3.geo.albersUsa projection. This is a composite projection design to display the 48 contiguous United States, Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. If you want to make a map of Canada, you’ll have to specify the appropriate projection rather than relying on the default.


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The forward sortation area (FSA) is only the first 3 characters in the six character Canadian postal code. You need to include the local delivery unit if you want unique values. From here:


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EPSG has added it as 6647. At Esri, I have it in a development build, but it's not in ArcGIS 10.3 (hopefully 10.3.1). Here's the Esri WKT for it: VERTCS["CGVD2013_height",VDATUM["Canadian_Geodetic_Vertical_Datum_of_2013"],PARAMETER["Vertical_Shift",0.0],PARAMETER["Direction",1.0],UNIT["Meter",1.0],AUTHORITY["EPSG",6647]] This document on height ...


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For a wide range of free data for Great Britain, visit the Ordnance Survey website: https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/opendatadownload/products.html There's a product description page too (but I can't provide another hyperlink sigh) The Boundary-Line dataset has a number of administrative boundary layers (though why they couldn't provide a simple, ...


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For Canada, Administrative Boundaries are available at GeoBase. Note that these boundaries are actually Administrative Boundaries and not coastlines (particularly relevant for the north coast). The Political Boundaries layer in the GeoGratis North American Atlas has nice physical boundaries for North America and surroundings, as well as U.S. States and ...



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