It happens to the map buffs, that in the supermarket we buy a magazine just for bringing a big folding map or an atlas that adds to the collection of what we already have. Encyclopedias have done their best to show interactive Flash maps or developments that simulate the operation of a geographic information system, but in vector format we only saw for graphic design programs.
What Euroatlas has done is picketing. Until a while ago, he has been publishing printed atlases very well elaborated, now they are promoting maps that bring back support in vector format with an intersante campaign:
"make your own historical atlas with historical GIS maps"
Let us give him the eye we have left before going to sleep:
GIS Maps. If it's about historical atlas, old and referencia for travelers, Euroatlas has enough, but what strikes me is that you can get vector layers in shape files format for use with GIS programs. They, as they are not giseros only mention ArcGIS, Open Jump and Map Windows, but obviously this archaic format is now recognized by almost any CAD and GIS program. They come:
- a pdf with the description of the layers
- styles in sld
- a prj that includes the layers and projection
- and the traditional shp, dbf and shx.
Among the maps in GIS condition there are (for now) historical maps of each of the 20 centuries They precede us with prices from the 30 Euros. Of course you have to check the license of use for copyright purposes well if you want to publish new content.
Web Deployment. One of the interesting aspects, is that several maps can be viewed online, to motivate the purchase. See the case of the Ancient Rome, the seven original hills (Septimontium), Rome of the first century and with a mosaic that makes it easy to see the detail ... succulent! and in Corel Draw.
Very interesting, for educational purposes and travel is very useful. I recommend it.