We are extremely happy about yesterday’s launch of the new Natural Earth data set. Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110m scales. The site is now fully available for downloading of all data.
The idea was to create tightly integrated vector and raster data, to make it much easier to make a variety of visually pleasing, well-crafted maps with cartography or GIS software. Started by Nathaniel Kelso of the Washington Post, and Tom Patterson of the U.S. National Park Service Natural Earth is a NACIS and MapGiving co-branded product with assistance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison cartography lab, Florida State University, and others including Springer Cartographics (we designed the logo and did the design and development of the website). (more…)