Often people are looking for cartography of their country, the institutions associated with the territorial administration either at the advertising, depositary or constructive level usually have places where they share their data. In this case I will talk about Honduras, because Google Analytics says that there are Hondurans sailing on this site for reasons like this, and because they associate Alvarezhn with Honduras, hehe.
Although there is a lot of data in government institutions, the place where it can be found ... and it will be possible if they continue to grow is:
The National Territorial Information System (SINIT)
This instance, although its creation is recent, has much to offer in the future, as it is the institution authorized by the territorial ordinance law to publicize the cartographic information of general interest, as well as to lead some commissions among which is the Interagency Data Commission. Space (CIDES). With an adequate budget and sufficient leadership among the partner institutions, it could become the right arm for publishing purposes of the National Geographic Institute, where there is a lot of enviable technical and regulatory resources at the regional level.
SINIT does not pretend to be an instance to create cartography, but rather to regulate the action of the "active partners" institutions that do create and update spatial data. The main ideal is the same that several Latin American countries have: avoiding the duplication of public or private investments in the collection of information that already exists, which, if used well, can lead the country to a well-integrated territorial management.
Although SINIT is oriented to an Intranet for active partners, some of the development that has been done for the web can be accessed via the Internet. Among others, the catalog stores the information in the following categories:
Physiography and Natural Resources.
Infrastructure and Social Equipment.
Social and Economic Aspects.
It is a little badly designed (in terms of aesthetics) and as a government it is usually dropped from time to time or its links remind us that someone has not uploaded some services, but hey, I hope they keep going. When choosing the layer, (it is supposed) that the map should show in the form of an image, with legends and frame.
The viewer in IMS
In this they have stopped, not because they can not start what we see, it took them a few days nothing more ... and although they have not done much more at least it allows the basics of the service ... and especially the download of layers. quickly.
It has the basic tools of a development with ArcIMS, with the minimal template but its functionalities allow to load more layers with the last button, and to display basic info (although with bad taste of deployment) ... but do not lose the attention to Download icon, because with this functionality you download the compressed visible layer in zip format. The compressed files have the .dbf, .shp and .shx; all that cartography is in UTM Zone 16N WGS84 in case you do not find reference in the metadata.
So if you want Honduras data in .shp format, this is the place. With a consultancy of about three months, a creative with good taste and a couple of developers can integrate the other layers (cadastral, raster and territorial order) ... and surely can become a good geographic portal that is sorely needed to do our Hispanic countries.
So I encourage catrachos ... if all the countries made this effort we would have better opportunities to get out of underdevelopment. I also admit that it has been good to enjoy their landscapes, have made good friends and take many photos in my travels through their picturesque towns.
Some of these efforts were abandoned, in 2010 they are retaken within the framework of the Secretariat of Planning, then they are being continued by the General Directorate of Land Management.
Also on the Cenrut portal you can find Maps for Honduras GPS And Central America.