This data category requires a high level national map. To satisfy this category, the following minimum criteria must be met:

  • Scale of 1:250,000 (1 cm = 2.5km).
  • Markings of national roads
  • National borders
  • Marking of streams, rivers, lakes, mountains.
  • Updated at least once a year.

Data Location


Previous revision was proposing FranceRaster, which is only TIFF images, not matching the prerequisites here.

After full examination of all open or not available data from IGN (national geography administration), BD TOPO as shapefiles seems the only dataset matching all the requirements of yearly updates, precision and contents. Some of the different contents can be accessed openly through some of the following databases but either with not enough precision or not enough updates. No combination of those allow to build the full requirements:

Reviewer comments

Review: everything seems correct.

Data Availability

  • N Openly licensed
  • N Is the data available for free
  • Y Is the data machine readable
  • N Available in bulk
  • Y Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis
  • Y Is data in digital form
  • N Publicly available
  • Y Does the data exist
  • N Is the data available online
  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure
  • No data


Date the data became available   Unknown
Format of data   Shapefile
Reviewer   Gil Zaretzer
Submitters   Regards Citoyens
Last modified   Mon Sep 28 2015 16:20:34 GMT+0000 (UTC)