This topic provides resources about maps and geo-spatial related material as well as information about shape files. Use these resources to learn about and obtain shape files as well as tools for their editing before starting to bind geo-spatial data to the UltraGeographicMap™ control.
This topic contains the following sections:
Before plotting geo-spatial data in the control, one should get familiar with the following resources which provide general information about maps and geo-spatial data.
Wikipedia – Cartography
National Atlas of the United States – Geographic Locations
National Atlas of the United States – Map Projections
U.S. Geological Survey
Wikipedia – Map Projections
University of Colorado – Map Projections
CSISS – Map Projections
The UltraGeographicMap control uses popular Shape Files format as one of the sources for geo-spatial data. Shape files are usually shipped with other file types, generally files with .shp, .shx, and .dbf extensions.
The following table provides basic information and purpose for each type of shape files.
Refer to the following resources for detailed information and specifications on how geo-spatial data is stored in shape files.
ESRI - Shape File Technical Description
Wikipedia - Shape File Description
The following list provides resource tools for editing shape files.
MapWindow – Shape (.shp) and Database (.dbf) File Editor
Open Office – Database (.dbf) File Editor
DBF Editor - Database (.dbf) File Editor
DBF View - Database (.dbf) File Editor
Satellite Signals – Geo-spatial Calculator
RITA – NORTAD to Shape Files Converter
The following list provides resources for obtaining shape files. Also, samples for the UltraGeographicMap control are good source of shape files. These shape files are included in the installer for the Samples Browser.
ESRI - World Map Data
ESRI - Census 2010 Tiger/Line® - Shape Files
National Atlas of the United States – Shape Files
U.S. Census Bureau – Cartographic Boundary Files
U.S. Census Bureau - 2007 Tiger/Line® - Shape Files
U.S. Federal Executive Branch – Raw Data
NOAA – Shape Files
CDC - Shape Files
Massachusetts Geographic Information System
Geo Commons – Shape Files
Geo Community – Shape Files
RITA – NORTAD Files (Must-be converted to Shape Files)
MapCruzin – Shape Files
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