Digital Boundaries

Updated: Area Boundaries Worldwide 2017

Michael Bauer Research GmbH has released the world wide data set of the Digital Boundaries for 2017 which have been completely updated. Territorial changes were integrated and the offer for many countries was enlarged to make your geomarketing analysis more detailed and always up to date.

Release 2017 der MB-Research Digitalen Grenzen

"The consideration of many updates and the addition of a lot of new levels mark the Release 2017 of the MB-Research Digital Boundaries", states Bernd Weiblen, Division Manager GIS-Data of MB-Research.

Regular changes of the territory are in particular important for recent analysis; due to reforms within the administration, municipalities are often joined or newly ordered. The reorganization of the administration has notably an effect in France where the level of regions has been restructured during last year. Consequently, there has been a major change of the administrative units which were reduced to 773 areas. In Ireland, a postcode layer has been created as the Post Office recently developed a postcode system. On the micro-level, there has been an especially detailed relaunch on the level of meshblocks in Australia: 10,000 areas have been added.

In total, there are now 23 new administrative levels, 30 new postal levels and 16 new microgeographic levels which complete the already wide range of the MB-Research-boundaries-release. Additionally, all boundaries have been improved, in particular at agglomerations, at coasts and along rivers.

MB-Research offers around 1,000 layers for 248 countries vector-based as .shp (ESRI), .tab (MapInfo) and .gdb (GeoDataBase)-format on request. In addition to the administrative, postal and microgeographics layers, NUTS-layers are available as well.

Beside the Digital Boundaries, MB-Research offers the compatible market data (purchasing power, consumer styles, sociodemographic data, consumer spending, etc.) on the administrative, postal and microgeographic levels.

Summary of the update

Administrative level
Update due to territorial changes in 85 countries and 23 newly produced levels.

Postal level
Territorial changes in 57 countries and 30 newly produced levels.

Microgeographic level
16 new micro-layers; MB-Research offers now own layers for Austria (Zaehlsprengel) and Belgium (Secteurs Statistiques). Large changes have been in Australia, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain and New Zealand.

Characteristics of the MB-Research Digital Boundaries

  • all layers are updated at regular intervals
  • all layers are topologically correct and seamless to the borders of neighboring countries
  • using a column with the country-code, the data from selected countries can be merged into one layer without losing the key uniqueness using unified layer names for an easy update
  • besides administrative and postal layers on the most granular level, the higher levels are available as well
  • the Digital Boundaries are vector-based to allow editing in any zoom level
  • delivery of vector-data in ESRI-(.shp), MapInfo-(.tab) -format or .gdb (Geodatabase/ESRI) using geographic coordinates WGS84 (reference ellipsoid WGS84, geodetic datum WGS84)
  • background layers such as roads or water areas could be supplied additionally on request

Global Map Set for Administrative and Postcode Areas

We offer a Global Map Set for administrative and postal areas. Contact us and we will be pleased to give you more information about the different levels, our favourable bundle prices for the complete World Map Set or for the countries of your choice.

The MB-Research Digital Boundaries are updated regularly and suitable for mapping, GIS, Intranet and Internet applications.

We will be happy to assist you and look forward to your call or email!
Your contact person:

Christiane Betzner
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Susanne Schlicht
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