CIA Releases 75 Country Maps into Public Domain

The Central Intelligence Agency has released into the public domain its collection of online maps of 75 countries and world regions, including links to information on political leaders around the world.

Each map comes in three versions: administrative, physiographic and transportation. But don't get too excited: they are in PDF and JPG only.

While the maps are in the public domain (not sure what that means? I just wrote about that elsewhere), the CIA does have a request for certain kinds of use:

The only restriction is that the agency requests asks that if a map is modified or used in a mashup, the identification number on the map be removed. "If you take a CIA map and superimpose on it all the electrical plants in the country, we ask that you remove the number so that your modified map will not be mistaken for a CIA product," said the agency spokesman.

- InformationWeek

Published Friday, September 28th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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