Comprehensive Global Administrative Zones (CGAZ)
The CGAZ dataset provides single-file integrations of boundaries for every country in the world. We provide three downloads for this product, for ADM levels ADM0 (Country Boundaries), ADM1 (States) and ADM2 (Municipalities). Extensive efforts are made to ensure that file sizes are small enough to be used in most traditional desktop software. Both polygon simplification and gap filling along the edges of polygons are used in this product; this will result in imprecision that may be undesireable for some use cases. If you are working with a single or small number of countries, we recommend you use one of our single-country products.
Unlike our other products, by its nature CGAZ must define contested areas. Today, we rely on the US Department of State definitions. We recognize that this strategy will not be optimal for all use cases, and intend to produce additional world views with different boundary sets in the near future. Further, if you prefer to construct your own world view using our data, you can do so using our single country products, which seek to represent each country as they would represent themselves (thus resulting in overlaps in some contested cases).
Our single-file global products are heavily simplified and gap filled, as contrasted to our full resolution single-country products. Today, these global products are simplified to only include 10% of the original data - i.e., 90% of points along borders are removed. Examples of the difference between resolutions can be seen to the right to help you choose the best product for your use.