Re: [R] Maps, Eastern Europe

From: Roger Bivand <>
Date: Mon 23 May 2005 - 21:08:25 EST

Ray Brownrigg wrote:

> Unfortunately the world databases for the maps package are very old
> (early 1990's) and have not been updated since, except for minor
> typographical errors in country names. Note that Czechoslovakia is
> there (as is USSR!). Also, it currently satisfies my needs, which is
> why I don't have the resources to update it.

> I suggest you start with the maptools package, but as I understand it,
> you need to also find some appropriate shapefile data. [Other
> respondents may improve upon this suggestion.]

provides some links, including one to:

permitting the downloading of various layers as shapefiles that can be read and handled by the maptools package. If you choose just country boundaries, you'll get a lat-long rectangle, including the countries you want (and (parts of) countries you don't). You may need to subset your requests, because the website restricts how much you can choose at one go. Please contact me off-list or move this to the R-sig-geo list for more information.


Roger Bivand
Economic Geography Section, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of
Economics and Business Administration, Helleveien 30, N-5045 Bergen,
Norway. voice: +47 55 95 93 55; fax +47 55 95 95 43

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