Open Knowledge

National Map / 2014 70% 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 (shapefiles)
  •   Available in bulk? Yes
  •   Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? Yes
  •   Publicly available? Yes(as Base Topográfica Nacional (the topographic national database) is offered at the scales 1:50.000, 1:100.000 and 1:200.000. published by Instituto Geográfico Nacional)
  •   Is data in digital form? Yes
  •   Is the data available online? Yes (Here)
  •   Does the data exist? Yes


Files can be downloaded for specific provinces or for Spain as a whole. Downloads require users to register. Also, users need to accept terms of license that exclude commercial use and are not compliant with open licenses: WMS/WMF service for a scale of 1:5.000 is provided here: Also a commercial is being maintained, called the Centro Nacional de Información Geográfica ( where users can purchase PDF maps and download is provided for one sheet/file at a time (not in bulk). On the open data catalogue the topographic database at a scale 1:100.000 is available here ( Download of shapefiles is available in bulk, but data is not provided timely (last update in July 2013).

Reviewer comments

Expert review: additional information included - more data available than informed.



  • Daniela Mattern


  • Daniela Mattern