Googlish Mapfile (global city datsets)
pcreso at PCRESO.COM
Sat Jan 12 14:39:56 EST 2008
> > Points of Interest (City names, etc):
> > ** Does anyone have a dataset or pointer to one for Cities with
> > Populations that can be redistributed.
I know of two datasets which have this sort of info.
Both the VMAP0 & NGA datasets can pretty easily be loaded into PostGIS tables,
& indices on spatial & aspatial attributes generated to work well with
mapserver. Keeping the data as shapefiles quickly becomes an administrative
nightmare, so using a database to manage data does make using these data much
FYI, I found the NGA PC field made a reasonable filter for scale dependent
layers of populated places with mapserver.
The vmap0 datasets:
and the higher resolution & newer but contraversially incomplete vmap1:
Also NIMA's NGA dataset:
download (all the various country files as one zip):
Hope this helps...
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