Open Knowledge

National Map 60% open


What data is expected?

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.

What data is available

  •   Openly licensed? No (No URL given)
  •   Is the data available for free? Yes
  •   Is the data machine readable? Yes (shape files, .prf, .mdb)
  •   Available in bulk? Yes
  •   Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? No
  •   Publicly available? Yes(as Topographic Mapping published by Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística)
  •   Is data in digital form? Yes
  •   Is the data available online? Yes (Here)
  •   Does the data exist? Yes


There is a machine-readable 1:250.000-scale vectorial map data suitable for ingestion in digital map-making systems (GIS), which includes administrative boundaries, water bodies, transportation infrastructure, energy and communication, etc. There are several other map products, at scales both greater and smaller that the above one. The licensing is unclear on the website of IBGE. As no clear license is available it has been evaluated as "not openly licensed". Also, proprietary formats are used to publish data. However, data is claimed to be public domain on Open Street Map, see

Evidence from the server where the files are hosted suggest that these maps are from 2013, in which case they are not being regularly updated (the criteria for it is to be updated at least once a year).

Reviewer comments

Everything seems correct



  • Gil Zaretzer


  • Augusto Herrmann