CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links)

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CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links) Herrminator 10/20/05 12:17 PM
This placemark displays the flags of all countries and territories listed in the CIA World Factbook and, when clicking on the flag, shows the background info from that site. It also contains links to the complete CIA page, as well as Wikipedia and Google search links.

All images are now included with the placemark file. If this doesn't work for you, just tell me and I will make a version with images linked to the CIA server available again, too.

If you find any misplaced countries (e.g. Vietnam ), CIA has an update submission page.

Edit: Integrated Wikipedia and Google links (Oct. 31, 2005)
Edit: Integrated the flags into the placemark file (Nov. 13, 2005)
Edit: Manually included the entries for 'World' and 'European Union' (Nov. 19, 2005)
Edit: Updated to current CIA data, Serbia and Montenegro now have separate entries (July 14, 2006)
Edit: Updated internal CIA links to their new 'https' protocol. Parsing errors corrected. (July 18, 2006)
Edit: Updated to current CIA data (Feb. 8, 2007)
Edit: Updated to current CIA data (Sep. 19, 2007)

A little preview:
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links jeffryv 10/20/05 1:24 PM
Hi Herrminator

Another excellent piece of work!!!!

This is well worth downloading and saving

Download, turn borders on , then zoom out and you get a nice overview with flags and clickable info on each country.

Simple and elegante

This is a 8

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Re: CIA World Factbook Herrminator 10/20/05 1:52 PM
Thanks a lot!

But the credit, again, goes to somebody else (though giving the CIA credit doesn't really come easy, but... ). I just wrote a small script that translates the data.

Nonetheless, I thought this fits perfectly for GE, so,
Enjoy!
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links) pphunkdelux 10/20/05 8:17 PM
That's really really awesome, thanks!
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links Herrminator 10/22/05 7:45 AM
Seems as of now, Sat. Oct. 22, 14:43 UTC, the CIA site cannot be reached, at least not from the Philippines.

So the Flags won't show for now
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links Delta102 10/22/05 7:50 AM
Site's down for a few hours,Please Try back later,Thanks.
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Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links Herrminator 10/22/05 8:23 AM
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Site's down for about 1 hr,Try back later.Thanks




Quite well informed! Anyhow related? Just curious...

Thanks for the info!
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links Delta102 10/22/05 8:43 AM
My Uncle.On my mothers side........
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links Delta102 10/22/05 1:58 PM
Quote:

Site's down for a few hours,Please Try back later,Thanks.


The site and the fact book are back up. thanks
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links Herrminator 10/23/05 11:37 AM
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The site and the fact book are back up. thanks




And it's faster than ever
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links BadCatSix 10/23/05 11:46 AM
Triped over the cable,Sorry
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links PenguinOpus 10/23/05 12:45 PM
Great post.. not sure if its duplicated elsewhere, but you should post a link on the Education->teacher forum to this post as it would be great for schools.
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links jeffryv 10/23/05 12:46 PM
Try this neat combo

Download FactBook KMZ file, then download World Countries as Polygons

Turn both on and you have flags and colored countries
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links Herrminator 10/23/05 1:01 PM
Quote:

Great post.. not sure if its duplicated elsewhere, but you should post a link on the Education->teacher forum to this post as it would be great for schools.




There are, I think, two similar versions: One that just shows small icons and a little information: here , and another one, that shows the countries and territories as polygons and has a link to the CIA page: here

Both are nice, but the first showed too little information for me, and the second serves a different purpose.

And, btw, I think the flag icons just look nice

P.S.: I'll post a link in the teacher's forum.
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links Herrminator 10/26/05 10:55 AM
Just updated to the latest CIA data.
Some country briefings have been updated and some minor corrections have been done, it seems.

Enjoy!
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links sphereBrowser606 10/26/05 12:44 PM
Quote:

Try this neat combo

Download FactBook KMZ file, then download World Countries as Polygons

Turn both on and you have flags and colored countries






Aren't the "countries as polygons" the same as the borders data layer that's already in GE?
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links jeffryv 10/26/05 8:49 PM
Quote:

ren't the "countries as polygons" the same as the borders data layer that's already in GE?




Yes, but in color it makes it easier to see the smaller countries and countries with disconnected parts. (eg. USA and Alaska )
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Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links zmarties 10/30/05 3:06 PM
You should also take a look at

http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/80133

which similarly presents data on all the countries of the world, where the CIA factbook is just one on many sources it links to.
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links Herrminator 10/30/05 10:50 PM
This is very nice!

But it's a different paradigm. What I wanted, was a quick overview: To see the flags as icons, and, when clicking on them, get a brief description of what I'm looking at.

As the source for this description I chose the CIA's World Factbook, because you can get a wide range of further geographic and geopolitcal information on their pages.

Your set is a great resource for deeper research! If you know your destination, you can choose a wide array of sources! This is why your post is in the 'Travel Information' forum and mine in the 'Nature and Geography' one.

As we're both using the same coordinates, our two sets are not really easy to lay over each other, but with a little aiming, you can toggle between your icons and my flags, and use them both simultaneously.

But nonetheless, I might take your inspiration and add Google- and Wikipedia-links to the balloons .

Thank you!
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links Herrminator 10/31/05 1:23 AM
So, I seized zmarties' suggestion and integrated links to Wikipedia and Google into the information balloons. This may not work with all 269 countries and territories, but most of the links I tried, worked. In case you're not getting a hit on Wikipedia (e.g. for the Holy See), you can still click their search link on the resulting page.

It's another wealth of information, one click away, and, I have to tell you, my kids love it!

P.S.: The Wikipedia and Google links are implemented using the <balloonStyle> KML-element, so I'm not sure, if this works with all Google Earth versions. I'm using version 3.0.0693.
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links Delta102 10/31/05 1:29 AM
Nice Work.
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links Herrminator 11/4/05 5:41 AM
Just updated to the latest CIA data.
The usual: Some country briefings have been updated and some minor corrections have been done.

Please re-download from the first post in this thread.

Enjoy!
UPDATE: CIA World Factbook (integrated flags) Herrminator 11/13/05 3:08 AM
As version 3.0.0739 of Google Earth (maybe also 3.0.0693 ?) now allows image referencing from within the information pop-up's, I now integrated the icon images into the placemark file (hope CIA won't mind, pleeease ).

This allows for an immediate availability of all icons, without having to wait for the download. But, as I mentioned, I don't know if the flags in the pop-up's work with versions below 3.0.0739 (I would recommend to update anyway).

So, please re-download the placemarks from the first post in this thread.

Enjoy!

P.S.: If it doesn't work for you, just post here, and I'll make the version with the linked icons available, too.
UPDATE: CIA World Factbook Herrminator 11/19/05 1:52 PM
I just hacked the scripts a little, so the entries for World and European Union get included, too. This should also work fine for future versions, unless the CIA decides to change the world's name .


So, please re-download the placemarks from the first post in this thread.

Enjoy!
Re: CIA World Factbook RabidMonkey2 11/20/05 1:27 PM
wow, all the indie islands are very cloudy...
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Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links Frank4 1/13/06 5:56 AM
Hi Herrminator, just thought I would let you know I finally got around to publishing an entry on your CIA World Factbook at Google Earth Blog. It took me a while simply because I had misfiled the bookmark when I first read about your collection. The good news, there's probably many times the number of GE users now. :-)
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UPDATE: CIA World Factbook Herrminator 1/19/06 11:49 PM
Back from holidays! I just updated to the latest version of the CIA data - there have been quite a few changes and amendments!

So, please re-download the placemarks from the first post in this thread.

Enjoy!
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links) nxdat 1/25/06 7:35 PM
interestingly enough, the Vietnam flag IS placed on Laos
Re: CIA World Factbook (thanks!) beno 3/27/06 2:42 AM
Hi Herrminator

Brilliant job, really handy.

Thanks

Beno
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links Slinkyman 4/12/06 11:06 AM
Wow what a wonderful resource, thanks! The first time I was using it I found an island..... Clipperton Island 10 17 N, 109 13 W http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ip.html , after I updated the placemarks in subsequent posts, it is no longer notated. Just wondered what might have happened. It has a quite unusual history.


Excuse the idiot.....It is there....I was looking in the wrong place!
UPDATE: CIA World Factbook Herrminator 5/9/06 6:14 AM
I just updated to the latest version of the CIA data. Again, there have been a lot of changes and amendments!
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links) Earthsketch 5/19/06 7:13 AM
http://Www.earthsketch.com (with flag, info, and much more)
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links) Ramsbottom 5/23/06 9:51 AM
I don't know if anyones mentioned this already but I can't see it.

For the UK you have the islands of Guerensey, Jersey and the Isle of Man yet you have not flag for England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Island.

Apart from that its a great resource and its hard to critizise the effort put into it.
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links Herrminator 5/23/06 1:52 PM
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I don't know if anyones mentioned this already but I can't see it.

For the UK you have the islands of Guerensey, Jersey and the Isle of Man yet you have not flag for England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Island.





Because it's not in the CIA World Factbook

Nonetheless, Enjoy!
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links beno 5/23/06 2:46 PM
Yep, we're all one country, the UK

Beno
EDITED - Check this link http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/uk.html#Govt
Quote:

conventional long form: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; note - Great Britain includes England, Scotland, and Wales



UPDATED: CIA World Factbook Herrminator 7/13/06 11:12 PM
I just updated to the latest version of the CIA data. Serbia and Montegro have now two separate entries, and there have been some updates and corrections


So, please re-download the placemarks from the first post in this thread.

UPDATED: CIA World Factbook Herrminator 7/17/06 10:48 PM
CIA now seems to redirect all requests to their server to the secure version of the same page. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to work properly with individual country links. From the CIA pages itself, this doesn't really matter, but for the placemarks, I had to convert all relative links to absolute links, where the complete URL is hardcoded inside the file.

So, if you want the links to factbook to work again, please re-download the placemarks from the first post in this thread.

Enjoy!
Herrminator
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links) embont 7/28/06 1:30 AM
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http://Www.earthsketch.com (with flag, info, and much more)



this is very cool!
china's Flag color =red
Why it's blue?
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links tinyfuzz 8/8/06 10:27 AM
until recently i just noticed there seems to be a problem w/ my layer. none of the colors light up properly. has anyone else had the same problem recently? i did delete the previuos copy and reinstall this layer again nothin corrected it. any suggestions?
Re: CIA World Factbook (with flags, info and links Joshua_H 10/13/06 3:19 PM
Hey,

Thanks for this KML placemark. I love it. However, there seems to be a small error. When I scan and pan Google Earth to Antarctica, I see no place marker. For the other 271 areas, I see a flag or a small globe mark. The Lesotho flag has changed, but the CIA hasn't changed it yet.

I am using Google Earth beta 4 on Mac OS X 10.4.8.
UPDATED: CIA World Factbook Herrminator 2/8/07 2:15 AM
On Jan. 23, CIA updated the country information in their World Factbook. The placemarks have been updated to this version. And, yes, Antarctica is now included

So, please re-download the placemarks from the first post in this thread.
Re: UPDATED: CIA World Factbook Shrews 9/3/07 10:54 AM
Hi - I am using GE 4.2 and finding that importing the KMZ generates an error

Parse error at line 1, column 2: not well-formed (invalid token).

Is it just my setup or something to do with 4.2?

Any help would be much appreciated as I am a big fan of this layer

TIA SJ
Re: CIA World Factbook (KML Error) Herrminator 9/3/07 11:24 AM
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Hi - I am using GE 4.2 and finding that importing the KMZ generates an error
Parse error at line 1, column 2: not well-formed (invalid token).





Hmmmm... I cannot reproduce this myself. I'm running GE 4.2.0180.1134 and it works fine. But I don't know if this is the latest version.

But it should surely help if you set 'KML Error Handling' under 'Tools->Options->General' temporarily to 'Silently accept all unrecognized data' until I got the time to look into this.

It might also help to clear your browser caches and try to download the KMZ again from this thread.

Hope this helps
Re: CIA World Factbook (KML Error) Shrews 9/4/07 6:32 AM
Thanks for the quick response but I already tried both your suggestions - one thing I did just try was opening the KMZ using WINRAR and I get the following

! Seek error in the file D:\Documents and Settings\Sue\Local Settings\Temp\164827-wfb.kmz
An attempt was made to move the file pointer before the beginning of the file.

regards SJ
Re: CIA World Factbook (KML Error) Herrminator 9/4/07 7:35 AM
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one thing I did just try was opening the KMZ using WINRAR and I get the following

! Seek error in the file D:\Documents and Settings\Sue\Local Settings\Temp\164827-wfb.kmz
An attempt was made to move the file pointer before the beginning of the file.





I tried to open it with WinRar, 7zip and the command line unzip v5.41, all of them extract the file OK (freshly downloaded from this thread using SeaMonkey, caches cleared). I'm sorry I cannot be of any help. Anybody else got similar Problems?

Just for reference: The downloaded file's size is 403.345 bytes.

Hope you'll find out!
Re: CIA World Factbook (KML Error) Shrews 9/4/07 10:23 AM
Bizarre really something was stopping the download from completing fully - but eventually via IE rather than Firefox I got it down whole!!

The odd thing was that I was able to download install your World Heritage placemarks no problem

Anyway cheers for the help

regards SJ
UPDATED: CIA World Factbook Herrminator 9/19/07 2:34 AM
On Sep. 6, CIA released a new version of their World Factbook. The placemarks have been updated to this version.


So, please re-download the placemarks from the first post in this thread.

Enjoy!
Herrminator
Re: UPDATED: CIA World Factbook eparses 10/20/07 11:49 PM
There is a bug in this latest release. The islands of St. Martin and St. Barthelemy were recently added to the Factbook, and are in your layer. However, the location of the markers for these two places in the layer are way off in the sea from their location on the map. I checked the coordinates for both islands in the World Factbook and in Wikipedia; it appears the coordinates for these islands in the Factbook are incorrect and the coordinates given by Wikipedia are correct. I found this out by running Google maps. In summary, the correct coordinates for these islands are:

St. Barthelemy: 17°54 N, 62°50 W

St. Martin: 18°04 N, 63°03 W

If you wish, send me a PM and i'll send you the comparison maps.

Thanks again for this layer.
Re: UPDATED: CIA World Factbook Herrminator 10/21/07 12:57 AM
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it appears the coordinates for these islands in the Factbook are incorrect and the coordinates given by Wikipedia are correct.




You're right. The problem is, that my placemarks are auto-generated from the data available at this CIA page. The coordinates given for St. Barthelemy (17 90 N, 62 85 W) are not only incorrect, they're even invalid.

But, I cannot correct individual coordinates by hand. This would mean, that every time CIA makes amendments to their pages, I would have to go through the complete list of some 266 entries and check their correctness.

So maybe you might check here: https://www.cia.gov/contact-cia/index.html and inform them directly of the incorrect entries. Next time the placemarks are re-generated, those crrections will be included.

Enjoy!
Re: UPDATED: CIA World Factbook eparses 10/23/07 12:34 AM
Thanks for the link; I intend to email them shortly, we'll see if they use it. The comparison maps are here:

http://hoshie.mozfaq.org/coords.html

Here' s the funny thing: The incorrect coordinates for St. Barthelemy are correct if you put decimal points in the numbers. With decimal points, the CIA's coordinates for St. Martin are still incorrect.

I don't know why.
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