I would like to make several map images (e.g. SVG or PNG) like those on wikipedia but in not popular projection. I am interested in scripting solution.

Here I found this note:

Generation Notes
perl xml2svg.pl -P12 --proj=cylindrical_equidistant:0,0.793353340291235 -x8000 world98

(I haven't found this script yet. Where is it?)

Also I found mentions of Generic Mapping Tools and Mapnik.

There are also several other flavors of maps on Wikipedia. I believe, more ways to create a map images exist.

So what are preferred map rendering techniques and datasets for Wikipedia?

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As far as I understand, you want to make Thematic Mapping with python and svg. you can find very good tutorial here about How to Make a US County Thematic Map Using Free Tools.


  • Sorry, my question is more about creating svg map, not just colorizing existent. Though I will do use similar technique later on. Thanks. Sep 25, 2013 at 16:03

Maybe you're interested in Kartograph.py. You could use it from command line or as a python module.

OpenStreetMap should be a good data source for wikipedia maps as well as Natural Earth data or open data portals.

  • Thanks! It was the first thing I tried. Unfortunately it seems to be abandoned for a while. I could not solve this issue. Also, shapely(toblerity.org/shapely/manual.html) is not fast for my purposes and it produced strange results (I gave up, as i am not very experienced in GIS and Python). Mapnik really looks more fast and stable. I am learning it now. In the question I tried to ask about popular and convenient libraries/programs for images intended to be used on Wikipedia (Best practices) Sep 25, 2013 at 19:43

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