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.

ADM2 boundaries 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 were available.

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 spatial data.

UWA produced Mukim level (ADM2) spatial data for Malaysia in 1996.

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 data. 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 Kashmir.

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.

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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