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Subject: natural-earth-updates Celebrate Natural Earth's 2 year birthday + enjoy new data (soon)
Date: March 13th 2012

Hello from Natural Earth HQ!

Two items in this update:

  2. NEW VERSION 1.5 DATA, soon

Natural Earth turned 2 with the new year and we're having a belated happy hour to celebrate this Friday in San Francisco, California.

Since December 2009, Natural Earth has enjoyed 1.4 million page views, 375,000 downloads, and 1,000 active watchers (including you!).

The happy hour will be hosted at Stamen Design's studio. Nathaniel moved to SF last summer to do more web mapping for Stamen. Check out their work at http://www.stamen.com.

Natural Earth Happy Hour
Friday, March 16th 2012
7 pm till 9:30 pm
Stamen Design Studio
2017 Mission Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94110
phone: +1 (415) 558-1610

NEW DATA, soon

The existing 1:10,000,000 roads for North America have been updated to show beltways and newer major roads added since the data was compiled. The alignment of the roads shown has been adjusted to fit better with the 1:250,000 North American road supplement data. Route numbers (names) have been added to the 1:10m data from the 1:250k data. Both the general and detailed 1:250k roads now have scaleRanks for throttling back compilation at each zoom level.

New 1:10,000,000 roads have been added for Europe including route numbers.

New 1:10,000,000 roads have been added globally, but do not yet include route numbers. Contributions welcome.

New 1:10,000,000 scale AIRPORTS.

New 1:10,000,000 scale PORTS.

We're putting the final touches on the data now. The release will also include bug fixes to existing themes, please keep the correction requests coming. We're also working to make it easier to import the data into PostGIS. Expect version 1.5 to be available by FOSSG4 and the Where conference in April.


_Nathaniel V. KELSO

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