International map shape file directory

Sep 20, 2010 at 6:42 AM
Edited Sep 20, 2010 at 6:43 AM

It's exciting to see the beginnings of a community for making international map shape files available.  With contributions, hopefully we can fill a much needed void in the availability of international maps. Since many borders are disputed or often changing, it’s hard for Microsoft to make any set of official maps available outside of North America.

I propose that we post a directory of government and "official" sites containing the shape files from different countries and regions.

For the US maps, an excellent resource for detailed map shapes can be found at I’m sure that similar resources exist for other governments and since there will be changes and additions, I’d like to see a frequently-updated directory of government map site addresses, in addition to shape files uploaded to the CodePlex project.  If you are aware of other "official" country map shape file doenload sites, please post the country name(s) and URL so we can add them to the directory.