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5. Acquiring Map Data > 5.2. Acquiring the Data You Need

Acquiring the Data You Need

Once you have determined your mapping and data needs, you have to find the appropriate data. To find such data, you can, for example, search the Internet, trade with friends, or download from a government site. This chapter takes you through several examples from searching for premade maps to finding data to do your own mapping and conversion.

Finding Premade Maps

Sometimes all you want is a premade, basic map of the world or a specific country. The Internet can be a good place to find these. One excellent site is the CIA World Factbook at http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ag.html. Here you will find a basic political map for every country and also a detailed demographic, cultural, and political summaries. Large-size, print-quality reference maps are also available in Portable Document Format (PDF).


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