02 - Micro Territorial Units (MTU)
In this video we show how you can upload the shapefile for your micro-territorial units. These could be suburbs, postal code areas, municipalities, or other types of boundaries that are used in your city to subdivide the area.
How to obtain these files?
You should look for so-called shapefiles. These are georeferenced files that are used in the field of GIS, and they provide the location and shape of anything on a map. There are a number of different possible sources for these kinds of shapefiles. Have a look at the following places:
- The city's official website. There may be a section with maps, shapefiles, or a more generic "data" section, where you can find this.
- The national entity in charge of boundaries. This could be a ministry or other national entity that manages local boundaries, and they could have these files available online.
- If you are affiliated with a local university, there is a good chance that there is a department that mapping and GIS work. They likely have a library available, which may very well have the shapefile(s) you are looking for.
- Have a look at Wikipedia or Open Street Maps. If they are able to define the boundaries, what are their sources? This could provide useful leads as well.