Along with Nathaniel and Tom, Tanya and I are pleased to further announce the immediate availability of Natural Earth, free vector and raster map data at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110m scales. This is a NACIS and MapGiving co-branded product with assistance from the University of Wisconson-Madison cartography lab, Florida State University, and others.
Nathaniel and Tom outline what this new collection of data are all about and go into detail about the why these efforts were undertaken. Get the full story on Nathaniel's blog: Kelso's Corner.
And you can get right to downloading this incredible (FREE!) cartographic data at: NaturalEarthData.com