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MapsBank project. Free topo maps for Garmin.

MapsBank 0 Points
edited November -1 in GPS Discussions
MapsBank project maps.

MapsBank project started. http://mapsbank.com
This project consists in free topographical maps creating and distributing for GPS navigators Garmin.
The reason for the project creation was insufficient informativity and clearness of Garmin Topo maps, that did them of little use for travelling along the rugged terrain.
At the project creation the special attention was given to 2 points:
To make a map of the most clear and easy for perception by using simple and clear symbols and considered map specification distributing on zoom levels.
To make a map more informative by data adding, which were received with the help of satellite images decoding.First of all these data are about the vegetative cover.
Vegetation is divided into 2 types: woods (dense vegetation) and vegetation (thinned vegetation). Unfortunately, clouds, smog and some other factors complicate image decoding a lot. Therefore the boarder between woods and vegetation isn’t absolutely exact.
The USA, Canada, Australia maps creation is planned.
MapsBank data can be used freely on the terms of Creative Commons Attribution/ShareAlike 2.0 license, which orders obligatory reference for the source and derivative materials distribution on the same terms.

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Data Sources:
Transportation – Census TIGER 2011
Hydrology – USGS NHD
Contours – created from USGS NED 1/3 arc sec, 30 ft intervals
Vegetation – vectorization of satellite image (Bing, Landsat)
POI’s – OSM
Routing: NO

Enjoy!:)

(I've edited this post to comply with our linking Policies. -Moderator)

Comments

  • Thanks for the info!

    I was able to google "MapsBank" and find the source for this material.

    TO THE EDITOR:

    Why do you continue to allow your own moderators to link to their own Maps and Blogs while shutting everyone else out?
  • Tim 1484 Points
    Why do you continue to allow your own moderators to link to their own Maps and Blogs while shutting everyone else out?
    I'm really tired of explaining this to you over and over again. No matter how many times I explain our policy you continue to misinterpret what it says and disobey our simple requests and clarifications.
  • Why do you continue to allow your own moderators to link to their own Maps and Blogs while shutting everyone else out?

    I'm really tired of explaining this to you over and over again. No matter how many times I explain our policy you continue to misinterpret what it says and disobey our simple requests and clarifications.
    So this forum really is just all about you and your buddies, while everyone else is shunned?

    Got it.

    Why is it OK to link to FREE maps hosted on Site "A" but not FREE maps hosted on site "B"?

    And, no, you have note explained this to me.

    This is a GPS forum. Supposed to be about helping people with GPS questions.

    I see this same information shared freely on MANY other forums without reprimand.

    Yet, GPSreview.net seems to take personal vendetta against anyone not in their 'inner circle'.
  • Tim 1484 Points
    Why is it OK to link to FREE maps hosted on Site "A" but not FREE maps hosted on site "B"?
    I've explained it to you many times before clearly, and so have others.
    This is a GPS forum. Supposed to be about helping people with GPS questions.
    Agreed. It is about helping people with questions, just like you said-- not with self promotion and free advertising.
  • To the OP, thanks for sharing the maps. I do not know how to use them, however, I assume that they are an "img" format and that file is is manually named and placed on the GPS device. Do you have plans to create a PC application to view the maps on the computer, and then send map segments to Garmin GPS? Such an application would be a great addition to the community, especially if it had some advanced find and cataloging features.

    On a side note, sorry to see the animosity. I've not been able to follow the specific issue and tried a quick search for the posting policy, but did not see such in the main forum Index listing...? I do have a vague recollection of Tim asking not to provide live links. He may have contractual reasons, I don't know...? I usually just dismiss the fact when a link is actually live and just appreciate the ease of use. Otherwise, if I have to copy/paste, well then, that's is what I do.
  • To the OP, thanks for sharing the maps. I do not know how to use them, however, I assume that they are an "img" format and that file is is manually named and placed on the GPS device. Do you have plans to create a PC application to view the maps on the computer, and then send map segments to Garmin GPS? Such an application would be a great addition to the community, especially if it had some advanced find and cataloging features.
    This is installer for Garmin MapSourse or BaseCamp. You need install BaseCamp first for looking maps on PC and transfer it to Garmin device.
  • Boyd 2002 Points
    The mapsbank project looks very interesting. However, I am concerned that the files are hosted on a filesharing service. Downloading unknown files of foreign origin is outside of my personal comfort zone. But that's just me, others may have no issue with this.

    When I did a google search for "mapsbank project" I found several posts from "Mapsbank" on another forum, one of which is identical to the one here. However another post from "Mapsbank" offers an "unlocked" copy of City Navigator Israel NT 2012.40" for download on a filesharing service. This looks like an illegal copy of a Garmin product - but please correct me if I'm wrong.
  • However another post from "Mapsbank" offers an "unlocked" copy of City Navigator Israel NT 2012.40" for download on a file sharing service. This looks like an illegal copy of a Garmin product - but please correct me if I'm wrong.
    Uh Oh. Did not see that yet. :(
  • I decided to search mapsbank on google and the 2nd link looked like it was to gpsunderground.com, but clicking the Google search result link instantly downloaded a file to my computer...I hope the file is not malicious or contains any illegal content. why would Google and gpsunderground do this to me?
  • Boyd 2002 Points
    If you clicked on a link without knowing what it was, unfortunately I think you did it to yourself. Hopefully no damage was done.

    But that just reinforces my original point, that it might be risky to download any of these Mapsbank maps since there is no way to know exactly what's in the file and they are hosted on a filesharing site as opposed to a site where somebody will stand behind them (such as openstreetmap.org or gpsfiledepot.dom).
  • I clicked on a link on Google's search results. Do you ever use Google search or any search?

    It appears that one cannot really tell where any link actually goes, now can they?

    You tell me what you think this link is, what it would do when clicked, and whether it's malicious or not, it's a typical Google search result like any other:

    MapsBank project maps.
    gpsunderground.com › ... › Garmin GPS Systems › Garmin Maps
    1 day ago – MapsBank project maps. MapsBank project started. This project consists
    in free topographical maps creating and distributing for GPS ...
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    Military maps of USA for Garmin in JNX - Page 2‎ - 7 posts - Jun 9, 2012
    Garmin Norway Topo Adventure (20 parts - full version)‎ - 8 posts - Jan 10, 2012
    City Navigator Indonesia NT v3.02 and Indonesia map v.52‎ - 3 posts - Jan 8, 2012
    More results from gpsunderground.com »
    edit: now I actually CLICKED THE SAME GOOGLE LINK AGAIN, and now it takes me to the gpsunderground site rather than downloading a stupid file, as a sane person would expect...but now I've experienced a different result from the same behaviour...

    who is to blame here? Google for changing link behaviour or gpsunderground for doing something on their end, or who who who? and what is going on?


    BTW, the mapsbank url holder appears to be a Russian entity...
  • Well, my suspicions run wild after seeing this:

    Last edited by MapsBank; 12th September 2012 at 12:19.

    and then I wonder if it is possible for a site user to embed some sort of code on that other forum to redirect users to download a file when just visiting a thread. The post was changed after I first clicked and before I checked the 2nd time.

    That is the only explanation that I can come up with, and that would make that other site a risky place to visit under any circumstance...
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