Nathaniel

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  • in reply to: Downloads are 404ing #4908

    Nathaniel
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    Should be fixed as of this morning. If you’re still finding a link that’s 404ing, please file a bug at: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/corrections

    in reply to: Disputed Territories: "type" field #4902

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    Roughly:

    Sovereign Country – Most “countries” in Natural Earth control their own territory and affairs, don’t have far flung territorial holdings, and don’t have disputes with their neighbors. But things get complicated so there are a few other categories.

    Country – Several semi-independent countries can form a single sovereign country (one is more dominant than the others). Example: Denmark and Greenland; also Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten. See dependency below; where more powers have been devolved to the former dependency.

    GeoUnit – Used for map labeling when a country has non-contiguous territories or 2+ top-level regions (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland in United Kingdom).

    GeoSubUnit – Either used in similar way as GeoUnit when the country’s situation is complicated, or as a subdivision of GeoUnits. Example: USA with Alaska and Hawaii and Italy with Sardinia, Isole Pelagie, Pantelleria, and Sicily.

    Dependency – Relics of the age of exploration and empire where the sovereign country still maintains presence. Examples: Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, Bermuda, and Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area.

    Breakaway – Where the breakaway territory is nominally self-administering. Examples: Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia.

    Disputed – Two or more “countries” dispute who’s sovereignty reigns in a territory. Natural Earth uses de facto status to indicate who administers the area and who claims it (see note_brk). Example: Abu Musa Island (Admin. by Iran; Claimed by UAE).

    Geo core – The part of a country (separate from the breakaway or disputed area).

    Indeterminate – Unloved, disputed, neutral or marginal. Examples: Antarctica, Siachen Glacier, Somaliland, Cyprus No Mans Area.

    Lease – The host country “leases” part of their territory to another for a period of time. Payment is not always exchanged or accepted. Example: Baykonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

    Overlay – When there is no formal lease but one country operates in another country’s territory or where part of international peace keeping operations. Example: Diego Garcia Naval Support Facility in British Indian Ocean Territory; Korean Demilitarized Zone (south and north), Korean islands under UN jurisdiction.

    in reply to: Place to share what we've done with Natural Earth #4514

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    Added a new forum for this :)

    in reply to: Place to share what we've done with Natural Earth #4472

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    As a link to post on Flickr or elsewhere on the web.

    But you should be able to attach small images here, too?

    _n

    in reply to: Country Local Language ISO #4474

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    I think this file has what you are looking for:

    http://download.geonames.org/export/dump/countryInfo.txt


    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    I don’t understand.

    Are you looking for a place to download only some of the data (only one country instead of the world)? WeoGeo.com has a download tool.

    in reply to: Place to share what we've done with Natural Earth #4470

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    Please post here!

    Generally if it’s code and other files, Github.com is great.

    in reply to: Catchment boundaries #4468

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    @Alissa. Natural Earth does not include watershed (catchment) boundaries or polygons.

    You might have better luck with:

    http://hydrosheds.cr.usgs.gov/index.php

    How is the atlas going?

    _Nathaniel

    in reply to: Converting for MySQL #4464

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    @Ronnie, There are several different flavors of SQLite, this file was created using GDAL / OGR, link here: http://www.gdal.org/ogr2ogr.html. Is there a direct SHP file to MySQL tool you can use instead?

    in reply to: Cut polygons from map units data (10m) #4461

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    Why can’t you overlay the lakes so it looks like it’s cutting out the admin graphically?

    in reply to: Pre-1987 Greek Regions? #4458

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    The early versions of GADM **might**:

    http://gadm.org/country1

    Not immediately sure if the 1.0 Natural Earth had the pre-2010 boundaries or not, might dig around in here:

    https://github.com/nvkelso/natural-earth-vector/tree/master/updates/version_1d2/10m_cultural

    in reply to: Cut polygons from map units data (10m) #4459

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    @WrinkledCheese: clip would result in only the lake portions of the admin_0 being shown. Erase is more what you need, but not supported in OGR out of the box.

    However, this is available straight off the site: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/http//www.naturalearthdata.com/download/10m/cultural/ne_10m_admin_0_countries_lakes.zip

    From:

    http://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads/10m-cultural-vectors/10m-admin-0-countries/

    While GeoJSON allows heterogeneous data inside of one container file, SHP requires the data models of the components to match or odd things will result.

    If you only want land polygons, there is:

    http://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads/10m-physical-vectors/

    in reply to: Missing fips codes in admin 1 #4456

    Nathaniel
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    Looks like FIPS 10-4 has been resurrected now as NGA Geopolitical Codes!?

    http://earth-info.nga.mil/gns/html/gazetteers2.html

    in reply to: Arctic Circle #4457

    Nathaniel
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    in reply to: Local City Names #4449

    Nathaniel
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    in reply to: Missing fips codes in admin 1 #4454

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    Agree they should come back for legacy support reasons…

    The 1.4 version is still available here:

    https://github.com/nvkelso/natural-earth-vector/tree/master/archive

    There are just a couple changes on the North Island in New Zealand (splits, adds). There will be a few more refinements there for version 2.1 but only affecting boundary alignments, not new features.

    in reply to: Missing fips codes in admin 1 #4452

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    I should mention also the ISO_3166_2 field is where the new ISO codes should go. But they’re often missing now.

    The HASC codes are mostly well maintained by someone else and are often in the data here in Natural Earth.

    I have it planned to do more work on the adm-1 later this month and in January so please let me know what you’d like to see here.

    in reply to: Missing fips codes in admin 1 #4451

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    That standard has been retired and it’s quite out of date with much of the rest of the world beyond the USA. Do you still use it? If so, why and what countries? Is there a better local coding system to use there instead?

    The FIPS codes were half moved to the code_local field for the USA since they are still current via the US Census codes. Looks like they shouldn’t have the US prefix. Now for instance California is US06 where the 06 is the fips code. For Maryland this is US24.

    I notice a separate issue where MD and VA aren’t dividing right on the DelMarVa peninsula, oops!

    It should be possible to add them back in, but they seemed out of date and a hassle to make sure they were all in fact coded right and then some would always be missing since many adm-1 splits have occurred since the standard was withdrawn.

    in reply to: WebGL Viewer for Raster Layers #4450

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    Fun, thanks for sharing :)

    in reply to: Local City Names #4447

    Nathaniel
    Keymaster

    @McAllisterW:

    Glad you are enjoying Natural Earth!

    Map Feature Name Guidelines for Natural Earth (scroll down)

    http://www.naturalearthdata.com/about/map-update-committee/

    Local names are definitely a goal of this project, but it hasn’t been fully realized yet. Would love if you could help build this out!

    name_par is for labeling places on a map like this:

    name && “(” && name_par && “)”

    Where && is the concatenation symbol in your scripting language.

    name_alt is mostly targeted for use in disambiguation (eg: geocoding), but not for consistent display on a map. There can be multiple variants separated by comma , characters. There could be more logical sorting for this. But it’s more “you might remember this as / locals know this as”.

    You also missed name_ascii which is where the plain ascii version of the name contents goes for better (simple) search support.

    Really this should have a few extra columns:

    name_local in latinized form, with accent marks.

    local_script in native script (korean, japanese, chinese, thai, arabic, hebrew, etc).

    One thing that’s prevented this from happening is UTF8 support lacking in ArcMap. But QGIS works very well for this.

    _Nathaniel

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