Open Knowledge

National Map / 2014 90% 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? Yes(Here)
  •   Is the data available for free? Yes
  •   Is the data machine readable? Yes (WMS, PDF, SHP)
  •   Available in bulk? No
  •   Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? Yes
  •   Publicly available? Yes(as Mapa Digital de México published by Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Geografía)
  •   Is data in digital form? Yes
  •   Is the data available online? Yes (Here)
  •   Does the data exist? Yes


The list of available web services can be found here: Topographical maps can be found here: Data is provided by INEGI in a large variety of formats, including SHP, WMS, GIF, TIF and GEOPDF. It cannot be downloaded in bulk but only for administrative regions. The downloadable is also not timely. But the webservice is. Also the complete webservice application can be downloaded and installed on a PC.

INEGI changed its internal normativity to make all information free. They only charge a cost of distributrion is incurred (eg. printing):

Right now the terms of use clearly state that the only requirement is the source attribution.

Furthermore, following the change in normativity already provided, starting november 11th, INEGI will adopt the Mexican Open license that can be found at ''.



  • Enrique Zapata


  • Enrique Zapata