[Live-demo] What dataset should your application use on the LiveDVD?

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Thu Jun 10 22:33:32 PDT 2010

Hi Cameron:

I am willing to switch the uDig examples over to the Natural Earth dataset; you could lighten up on the raster datasets in order to provide a more varied dataset. I also note that a DEM should be included in the mix for applications that wish to highlight that functionality.

You may also wish to choose some of the 1:110K data as that will hit many uses cases and the space requirements are smaller.

Populated Places:
1:110k - 38.31 KB
1:50k 346.29 KB

Admin 1 - States Provinces
1:110k 102.73 KB
1:50k 338.83 KB


On 11/06/2010, at 11:03 AM, Cameron Shorter wrote:

> As we are running into physical size limits of the LiveDVD, and as we wish to provide a level of consistency across applications, the next OSGeo Live DVD will include a common dataset which we will encourage all applications to make use of.
> For this coming release, we will not mandate use of the common dataset, but we encourage projects to use it if they can. (We will likely be mandating projects to use the common dataset in future releases)
> So our next question is "What dataset should we use?".
> * The dataset needs to be reasonably timeless - (we don't want to ask projects repackage new datasets every year)
> * We want to cover a representative set of layers.
> * We want the datasets to be able to be made to look "sexy".
> * We want to keep the size of the datasets to a minimum.
> * The data needs to be available with a suitable open licence.
> Unless someone suggests a better source, we will be using the data from: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads/
> Which layers would be suitable for projects?
> I suggest:
> 1:50m Cultural layer
> Admin (countries & states) polygons
> Populated places - points
> http://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads/50m-cultural-vectors/
> 21 Meg uncompressed (less if we trim)
> 1:50m River and Lake Centerlines - lines
> http://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads/50m-physical-vectors/
> ~ 400K uncompressed
> 1:50m Natural Earth 1 with shaded relief and water, raster:
> http://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads/50m-raster-data/50m-natural-earth-1/
> 171 Meg uncompressed
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