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Do you need country maps for your next humanitarian report, website or presentation?

By Andrew Kobylinski
Tags: maps

To help humanitarians produce informative and well-designed information products, ReliefWeb and the Visual Information Unit (VIU) of the UN Office of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have collaborated to make available more than 200 updated country and territory location maps.

Since first publishing the location maps, OCHA has made a series of improvements. The maps are now available in PNG, PDF and SVG formats, making them easily embeddable into any report or website. They offer essential information, such as main cities and neighbouring countries and anyone can republish or edit them using tools such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape.

The maps can be downloaded at the ReliefWeb location maps page .

Now thanks to Wikimedia NYC volunteers, OCHA’s maps are also available from the Wikimedia commons.

There is no cost to download or use the maps, as they follow the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 unported licence.

"OCHA is pleased to share the maps openly and publicly," said Gwi-Yeop Son, Director of OCHA's Corporate Programmes Division. "Through this new joint initiative, OCHA can now give Wikipedia's 22 million readers the ability to reuse those maps as they see fit.” This is thanks to the community of volunteers who dedicate time and energy to write, edit and check entries to ensure information is current and relevant.

OCHA VIU created these maps in order to help the humanitarian community effectively communicate information. They are part of the suite of free digital tools provided by OCHA and available on ReliefWeb. Others include the humanitarian icons, the Humanitarian Data Exchange(HDX) and humanitarian information updates.