WorldInfo

Provider: Pitney Bowes Business Insight

MapInfo WorldInfo allows the user to locate almost any city, town, or village in the world both quickly and easily. As a global reference map, WorldInfo allows you to visualize time zone boundaries, coastlines, international borders, roads, railroads, ports, airports, city points, and elevation and contour data.

WorldInfo can help the user make more informed business decisions, control costs, identify potential marketing opportunities, and enhance profitability.

The WorldInfo database contains 36 layers of information, which have been organized into convenient workspaces to help customers get up and running more quickly.

The World 1 & 2 workspaces each contain the same 27 layers including time zone boundaries, political boundaries, ports, major roadways, waterways, urban sprawl areas, capitals, railroads, and over 699,000 place names.. This extensive place name index facilitates the location of almost any city, town, or village in the world. The only difference between these two workspace is that the World 1 workspace has a look of a traditional paper map, whereas World 2 has more vibrant colors. Also, new with this release, World 1 & 2 are designed for use with a pop up tool that provides short, concise information all countries to the user.

WorldInfo also contains a geoset, a map definition file, and a workspace for working in MapXtreme 2004. The WorldTimeZones workspace contains five layers of information represented by time zones of the world and deviation in hours for each time zone from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

The WorldElevation workspace contains two layers that display regions of elevation for the world, as well as layers from the World 1 & 2 workspaces.

Data Source and Methodology

The data in WorldInfo was created from the Digital Chart of the World, Vector Map Level 0, and Vector Map Level 1 by Stopwatch Maps. A number of enhancements were made to the source data, such as updating the political and administrative boundaries, updating country names to ISO naming conventions, and adding new territories. WorldPlaces data was gathered from GeoNet, Vector Map Level 0, and individual Country gazatteers. Administrative boundaries were researched and built from paper and publicly available digital map sources.

The data in WorldInfo is continually being updated, and is released on an annual basis.

Features

  • Country Info Tool – an HTML-based popup tool that provides concise information about any country
  • Ability to locate a place by an alternative or alias name
  • Population data for over 2,000 city points
  • Current political world map
  • Includes 699,000 city and place names worldwide
  • Includes complete and accurate Time Zone Boundaries. For daylight saving time data, please recommend the MapInfo Time Zone & Daylight Saving Time product. This product has been made to edgematch perfectly with WorldInfo.
  • WorldInfo contains four workspaces: World 1, World 2, World Time Zones, and World Elevation. These workspaces enable users to get up and running more quickly without having to create a new workspace from scratch.
  • Includes 36 layers of information including elevation data, airports, ports, roads, city points, and so much more. (For more information, please see data layer descriptions below).

Layer Descriptions

  • WorldPlaces – a world gazetteer layer containing over 699,000 place names (city points). Over 2,000 of these points contain population attribution information.
  • WorldPlacesAndAlternativeNames – contains all names to a place -native, alias, and alternative spellings.
  • Countries_1 – includes all world countries and is useful for viewing countries at higher zoom levels dues to the generalized nature of the borders. This table includes all country names in English, German, French, local country name and country dependency status.
  • Countries_2 – includes all world countries with more detailed borders than Countries_1, useful for viewing at a lower zoom level. It includes all country names in English, German, French, local country name and country dependency status.
  • Administrative – provides second level administrative boundaries (comparable to a state or province) for North America, Australia, and the countries of India and China.
  • Islands – labels the name of islands throughout the world, along with the corresponding country.
  • Worldcap – consists of all the world capitals.
  • Urban Sprawl_1 – delineates regions in which the population density is high enough to be classified as an urban area.
  • Urban Sprawl_2 – shows a more detailed view of smaller urban regions. Covers only US territory in this release.
  • Roads – displays primary and secondary roads throughout the world. It includes roads that are operational as well as those that are under construction.
  • Railroads – displays the location of single and multiple track railroads around the world, including those that are operational and those that are under construction or not usable.
  • Airports – displays the locations of major airports throughout the world.
  • Ports – displays 4,842 port records worldwide with over 70 fields of information including harbor size and type, entrance restrictions, tide range in feet, presence of customs and immigration.
  • TranspStrucPts – consists of tunnels, bridges, ferries, fords, and causeways as point objects.
  • TranspStrucLines – consists of tunnels, bridges, ferries, fords, and causeways as line objects.
  • Water_Lines – includes major world rivers.
  • Water_Boundaries – includes lakes and wide rivers throughout the world.
  • Major_Water – includes large lakes throughout the world.
  • CountrTimeZone1– contains boundaries that are generalized (thinned) representations of Time Zones for the land features of countries.
  • CountrTimeZone2 – contains boundaries that are detailed representations of Time Zones for the land features of countries.
  • TzBdy – contains world time zones for both land and ocean coverage.
  • TzHeaderBand – provides a black band header at the top of the workspace map to indicate the deviation in hours each time zone is from GMT.
  • DateLine – indicates the location of the International Date Line.
  • Military Time – indicates military time zones, which can be added to the world or time zone workspaces.
  • Equator – consists of a line object representing the equator. The Equator line is labeled with the “partial segments” option so that users can see the label in every point.
  • Tropic_of_Capricorn – consists of a line object representing the Tropic of Capricorn, a line 23.45 degrees south of the equator. The Tropic of Capricorn line is labeled with the “partial segments” option so that users can see the label in every point.
  • Tropic_of_Cancer – consists of a line object representing the Tropic of Cancer, a line 23.45 degrees north of the equator. The Tropic of Cancer line is labeled with the “partial segments” option so that users can see the label in every point.
  • WGrid15 – a grid covering the surface of the map, with lines spaced every 15 degrees.
  • World_border -displays the borders between countries.
  • World_contour – displays the contour lines of the world. The lines are drawn every 250 meters.
  • World_region – displays the regions of elevation. They are drawn every 250 meters and every particular interval of elevation is represented by a unique color. Land region color varies from dark green in low elevations to orange in high elevations. Ocean colors stay in blue hues, starting from light blue in shores and dark blue in the deepest part of the ocean.
  • World_region1000 – displays the regions of elevation, which are drawn every 1,000 meters. This layer is good to use for higher zoom levels. Color representation is the same as the World_region layer above.
  • Ocean_Label – used for layering purposes and includes the names of world oceans, seas, bays, and gulfs.
  • Ocean_Names – used for layering purposes and includes the names of world oceans.
  • Ocean – provides the backdrop for all the oceans of the world.
  • Ocean_grids – additional ocean layer that can be used to geocode to specific world oceans and seas using longitude/latitude coordinates. This layer is not included in the workspace.

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