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I am definitely new to this area. I found it is difficult to find high quality data on the web. The OpenStreetMap is the most sophisticate data source I met, but clearly many other map services such as Google map provide way more information than OpenStreetMap, such as location of shopping mall, shape of residential areas. It looks like that they are the vector format in the background, but is rendered like a raster layer for web services. I understand this question is too broad, but can anyone provide a hint on how to get information from these map services? or any other services which can provide similar data.

  • If you are specifically interested in Google then have a read of this page – Hornbydd Jul 11 '17 at 16:27
  • Use there API's developers.google.com/maps/documentation – Mapperz Jul 11 '17 at 17:55
  • @Mapperz so there is not an available tool to directly import these data into gis software? – Kattern Jul 12 '17 at 1:24
  • @Hornbydd no need to be Google map, other services are also OK. – Kattern Jul 12 '17 at 1:27
  • not for google products (they own or license that data) you can use openstreetmap in vector format with a GIS like qgis or arcgis. see gis.stackexchange.com/questions/12814/… – Mapperz Jul 12 '17 at 1:29

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