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OK, so Vmap0 (aka DCW) looks like it uses 1970's era roads and built information (someone correct me if I'm wrong— it looks like it has more recent boundary information). It's global and the linework quality is decent at 1:1,000,000. And it's free.

If you want more current roads data, what are your options?

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rs a "World 1:1 million Map Data" set, but only Europe region is actually described, and there's no date online. Or price, that I could see.

Europa Technologies has a variety of bases, some including roads, which they say are up to date, but which I guess vary in date. The roads-including ones start at $3395.

EastView Cartographic has a 1:5,000,000 base that appears to be more current, for $995 (or $375 for each of 4 sectional sets). Their 1:1,000,000 in-house product (they also sell Vmap0) is only for Africa.

Any other ideas that might work in the 1:1,000,000 to 1:5,000,000 range?

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I've helped out on Natural Earth Vector by extracting data from OpenStreetMap. Though I have to say for roads OSM is still quite sketchy.

If you want to go that way, there's shapefiles for download here, or you can opt to use the raw XML data if you have some time to spare... Unfortunately there's no shapefiles for North America and no other way to get to the data (hey, but at least it's open)

Natural Earth Vector itself is more aimed at a 1:15M scale. Probabely not what you're looking for.
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... Unfortunately there's no shapefiles for North America and no other way to get to the data (hey, but at least it's open)


Don't know if this is of any use, but there are some shapefiles for North America (derived from OSM) here:

http://downloads.clo...tes#breadcrumbs

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... Unfortunately there's no shapefiles for North America and no other way to get to the data (hey, but at least it's open)


Don't know if this is of any use, but there are some shapefiles for North America (derived from OSM) here:

http://downloads.clo...tes#breadcrumbs

Regards, N.


That's for USA data. The rest of North America is at
http://downloads.clo...ica#breadcrumbs

And not bad either... Thanks Nick!

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I can't use open source data for my work - just not professional. So I rely on ESRI Premium Street data for US. Elsewhere, for large scale work, I trace from Google Earth.




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