I've been having a lot of issues downloading entire datasets of SRTM or ASTER GDEM2 or similar free datasets, mainly because of poor services. Does anyone know of any torrents which contain such free datasets?

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    None that I know of. Which is kind of weird considering that spatial data seems to be a perfect fit for bittorrent distribution. Maybe you can start :)
    – R.K.
    Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 9:18
  • Hehe, would, if i were able to download it in full first. Those web interfaces are either dreadfully unstable, or have some wird limitations :D
    – U2ros
    Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 9:21
  • download managers help where resume is supported..i downloaded the Grass sample mapsets using them..
    – vinayan
    Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 14:27
  • FTP is more manageable (controlling version of data), bit torrent has lots of hidden bad illegal data/viruses.
    – Mapperz
    Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 14:28
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    I disagree, its rather hard to add a virus into a non executable file and i was talking about data freely available. From this standpoint i agree with R.K. the torrent technology would be great for this. Can you post a ftp, where one could freely (no download quotas and similar nonsense) download one of the mentioned datasets in the question? (And that has a decent upload speed, not 60kbps)
    – U2ros
    Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 14:56

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The folks at ER Mapper used to have one at geotorrents.org but it's gone now. :(

  • The site is inaccessible, probably gone? Shame!
    – U2ros
    Commented Nov 30, 2012 at 10:56

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