I am submitting an article that has a map I made using R's data from R's maps package. I know that most shapefiles come with a license user-agreement or copyright information that accompanies the map as an annotation.

Where can I find the license agreements for maps made with data from R maps?

  • Do you mean the maps package? You're inconsistent. There is no map package, so I'll edit the title etc.
    – Spacedman
    May 29, 2018 at 9:46
  • Which map data specifically are you talking about? The maps package will often be getting data from the mapdata package which uses data derived from the CIA world data bank: evl.uic.edu/pape/data/WDB
    – Spacedman
    May 29, 2018 at 10:05
  • @Spacedman, thanks, I'm using the world data from the maps package.
    – elliot
    May 29, 2018 at 10:23

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If you mean maps (with s at the end), then it is GPL-2 (https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=maps), like R (https://www.r-project.org/about.html)

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