[LINK] Freely available spatial database

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Tue Oct 7 15:46:41 EST 2008

Howard Lowndes wrote:
> Richard Chirgwin wrote:
>> Howard Lowndes wrote:
>>> Does anyone know of a freely available (or even reasonable cost, as it's 
>>> for a commercial application) spatial database similar to the TIGER/Line 
>>> database available in the US?
>> Howard,
>> The ABS's national shapefiles, down to Census Collection District level,
>> are available at reasonable cost - not much more than $100 for the CD. See:
>> <http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/d3310114.nsf/4a256353001af3ed4b2562bb00121564/60fabd1bcba7bd2cca25721300127fad!OpenDocument>
>> The price list is towards the bottom of the page, what you want is the
>> Basic Community Profile CD set.
>> The CD includes the full Census data set as well, so you're able to tie
>> the geographic stuff to the data covering that geography. Be warned,
>> however, there's a plethora of tables, which makes it a little difficult
>> to manage!
>> What are you making the maps in?
> It's not so much map making as wanting to identify routes between places 
> - ala a SATNAV displaying the the best route between two points so as to 
> work out the shortest out of a set of routes - is point B closer to 
> point A than point C is closer to point A, or is point D even closer to 
> point A.   I want it as part of a taxi booking, dispatch and management 
> system idea that I am playing with - trying to drag the taxi industry 
> into the 21 century at reasonable cost.

So, are you suggesting that Taxi fares should be charged point to point rather 
than on the basis of distance and time?

Marghanita da Cruz
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