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I am currently working on a project for which I need to get GIS maps of India at a district-level in the 80's and 90's. India's district and state boundaries have changed considerably over the time period 1980-2011, and I need to map these changes over time.

Most of the versions that I found online are current (or based on the 2011 Census). Is it possible to find these older GIS files?

  • Since GIS became popular in the 1980s it could be that there are Shapes. If not i would try to get topographical maps, scan them and georeference them to create the Shapes by yourself. Or also try to ask the relavant (local) authorities in India. – DirkB. Nov 29 '15 at 16:12
  • Thank you for your suggestions, @Dirk, I couldn't find the shapes online, and I spoke to one Indian organisation that didn't have any of these files. I can try to use the topographical maps, possibly. – Susan Nov 29 '15 at 17:08
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You should download the Administrative atlas from the Census of India website

It is PDF file, which has District (and other Administrative) boundaries for the last 150+ years.

You could Digitise the Map that you need.

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