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Offline jwcalla

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« Posted 2005-08-01 00:11:04 »


Has anyone had any experience building map images from the U.S.'s TIGER/Line census data?  I've been scratching my head on this one for awhile and am looking for a good place to get started.

Basically, what I want to do is build a regional map image using state and county boundaries (assuming that information is buried somewhere in those TIGER/Line files) in a Java2D Graphics context.  I really want an image similar to this:

Alternatively, I've considered just capturing existing map image files (png, jpg, whatever) and trying to manipulate those in J2D instead.  I figure it might be easier to build the maps from already-made images somehow rather than dealing with that census data.

I would like to be able to zoom on the map, scroll the map (like Google Maps), color particular counties, etc., so it's not enough to simply display a static image file; I need to be able to manipulate it.

Any ideas to start me off?

Offline jwcalla

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2005-08-03 00:36:34 »

The answer, my friends, is GeoTools:

(I hope.)
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