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Deciding on loading of national boundaries
Created on Friday 26 June 2020, 12:26Back to task list
ProjectMetabolism of Cities Data Hub
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It would be very helpful to load one single dataset that contains boundaries for ALL countries in the world. There may be national and regional shapefiles that contain country boundaries that could be slightly more detailed or updated, but for our purposes whether or not this an outcrop or river border is part of country A or B would likely not make a difference in our use-case. Also, by having one single shapefile we limit the risk of overlapping boundaries. This way every area is part of ONE (and not two or zero) countries. And as long as we can simply refer to another source for the information we shouldn't be perceived as being partial.
My suggestion is to use Natural Earth data for this. It is an amazing initiative and they seem very much on-it when it comes to getting this kind of data.
So my suggestion would be to load all national boundaries from that source. We could to try 1:10m resolution (less than 5MB for all countries). I think that's not too big, but we may want to try a slightly less detailed one to see the difference and consider if it's worth it (after all, downloading 5MB just for the map on a website is quite a lot). I would suggest we load their Countries and Sovereign States.
What are your thoughts? Any better sources or other ideas?