OTHER SIIASA GIS PROJECTS
A project is planned with Moscow State University to update the Soviet ethnolinguistic map of China, which would allow a vectorised version to be produced by ACASIAN.
Finalising the township data for Guangxi undertaken in conjunction with David
Holm in 1993 and 1994 will require an additional month or so, as the
vectorised boundaries still need to be fitted together.
However, Professor Holm's move to The University of Melbourne interrupted progess on this project, which has not recommenced
ACASIAN did a considerable amount of work on a 1:1m map of Japan in 1993-4,
which only requires projecting (not a trivial problem, as the original map
sheets are difficult). About a thousand or so placenames are geo-referenced,
and the transport network is done. Work was begun on contours in metres.
Only prefectural boundaries were on the map, but they were used to fit in a
complete set of Meiji local level administrative polygons.
for contemporary Japan are commercially available, but their expense has precluded acquisition by ACASIAN for SIIASA. Alternative sources of Japan data are
being investigated, and ACASIAN holds materials that would allow them to be
generated if the need arose and funding
Monash reports that they are still promised a GIS database for Korea 'in the
near future', which can apparently be up to three years or more as that is
what they were told in 1992! The are still hearing the same promise in early 1997! Maps that will allow ACASIAN to produce
minimally useful spatial data for both South and North Korea have been
obtained and could be vectorised fairly quickly at relatively low cost. No
search has been made for corresponding census materials.
Map material at ACASIAN will allow a 1:1.5m spatial database for the 1980s to
be readily compiled. Vectorisation has been finished, and these data will be
fitted to the DCW and LUMC international boundaries in early 1997.
A project is planned with Moscow State University to update the Soviet ethnolinguistic maps of both Mainland and Insular Southeast Asia, which would allow a vectorised versions to be produced by ACASIAN.
1:250K Land Cover data for the Philippines has been acquired for SIIASA.
It does not include administrative boundaries.
James CooK University produced an Administrative boundary data set for
the Philippines that goes down to Municipality (ADM2) level. It was turned
over to ACASIAN for distribution in December, 1996.
Work was begun in 1993-4 on vectorising boundary data from a circa 1980 1:250K
Russian produced map set (40 sheets) for all of Vietnam. Vectorising,
layering and edge matching was accomplished in late 1995, when the materials were turned over to Fliners University for finalizing and updating to the present situation. That work was finished in late 1996.
A 1:500K French map dating from around 1970 is being digitised. It goes down
to the Sangat (khum) level below Srok, which are below Khet. Meanwhile, Flinders has produced ADM1 boundaries for Cambodia.
Suitable maps have been easier to obtain for
Kampuchea than for Laos. Materials held at ACASIAN will be sufficient for an
approximately 1:1m spatial database at ADM2. However, Flinders has produced
ADM2 boundaries for Laos in late 1996.
Considerable SIIASA resources have been expended on Thai material, but to date
nothing has been vectorised. That must be rectified durnig 1997, when
ACASIAN will process the administrative maps compiled by Larry Sternstein, ANU.
A 1:2m map has been traced and coded and vectorised, and fitted to the DCW. Population data may be sourced from the US Census Department in exchange for the
UWA produced Mukim level (ADM2) spatial data for Malaysia in 1996.
SABAH, SARAWAK, AND BRUNEI
Although the first two of the above parts of Borneo are part of Malaysia, ACASIAN
has obtained a variety of map materials for all of them which could be readily
vectorised if necessary in order to supplement the UWA data with those matching
earlier time periods.
Map sources have been compiled by Robert Cribb for administrative boundaries
at the Kecapatan (and even Desa, for Bali) level for the 1980s. In
anticipation of SIIASA resources being allocated, vectorising is well underway
and coding into Excel has commenced. However, as at is apparent that digital
cartography for contemporary Indonesian ADM2 and ADM3 levels exists, ACASIAN is attempting to source those data.
A variety of suitable map materials was obtained from the Library of Congress in the States. It has been vectorised, and is in the process of being coded.
A GIS database called IndiaMap has been obtained for the academic price of
US$1500. It as both 1981 and 1991 District boundaries with associated census
ACASIAN has also scanned some maps provided by David Bradley for the NE part
of India adjacent to China and Burma, and may be doing some more for Jammu and
A map lent by David Bradley has been traced, scanned and vectorised.
A map lent by David Bradley has been vectorised at NTU by Bill Hazelton.
Suitable maps are now held at ACASIAN that will allow administrative
boundaries to be vectorised.
Suitable Provincial Maps are now held at ACASIAN to allow District boundaries
to be vectorised for the whole country.
Map material adequate to vectorise relatively recent ADM2
administrative boundaries for Afghanistan are now held by ACASIAN, and work on them has begun.
Map material adequate to vectorise relatively recent ADM2
administrative boundaries for Iran are now held by ACASIAN, and work on them has begun.
A recent set of ADM2 boundaries and capitals, plus other towns has been compiled by ACASIAN and fitted to the DCW coasline.
ARAB COUNTRIES IN ASIA, ISRAEL, and CYPRUS
Map material for the remainder of the Asian continent are also held at
ACASIAN, and work on at least the Kurdish parts of Iraq and Syria is planned.
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