GfK MACON has completely revised the digital maps of Belarus on 2006 status. The 2005 map material has not only been completely re-digitalized, it has also been expanded to include a map of the six-digit postcode districts, the first of its kind.
Digital maps with administrative borders such as municipalities are used in business-software like GIS to visualize statistics, e.g population numbers.
The Belarus Map Set comprises all postal and administrative units as well as a large selection of topographical map layers, such as roads, railway lines, populated areas and elevations. The digital maps are provided as vector data records in the standard GIS formats Shape (ESRI), mid/mif (MapInfo) and RegioGraph (GfK MACON). All map objects are fully inscribed with national/cyrillic as well as international names and letters.
For the first time, the Belarus Map Set includes a map showing the six-digit postcode districts, the country’s smallest postal unit. The breakdown of the 77 two-digit postcode maps used previously into the six-digit version was a demanding task for the cartographers at GfK MACON, because Belarus currently has more than 3,900 six-digit postcode districts.
On the administrative level too, maps are available from the largest level, provinces (“Oblasts”), right down to level of the 119 municipalities (“Rayons”).
All map levels, from the postal through the administrative to the topographical, have been re-digitalized on the basis of sample maps with a scale of 1:50,000, in cities even 1:10.000. In doing so, the map material was also compared with the latest satellite imagery of each region.