Digital Boundaries

MB-Research Release 2021 of the Digital Boundaries published

MB-Research publishes its new Release 2021 of the administrative, postal and microgeographical digital boundaries.

Release 2021 der MB-Research Digitalen Grenzen

With the updated boundaries "Release 2021", Michael Bauer Research GmbH provides the latest version of the territorial status for your geomarketing analysis. In addition to updated layers, MB-Research was able to enlarge its inventory of postal layers.

As of now MB-Research Digital Boundaries for the following countries are available:

  • Great Britain (Postcode Units),
  • the Netherlands (6-digit Postcode Areas),
  • Japan (7-digit Postcode Areas),
  • Indonesia (5-digit Postcode Areas),
  • Malaysia (5-digit Postcode Areas) and
  • Vietnam (5-digit Postcode Areas)

MB-Research offers about 1,000 layers for 248 countries vector-based as .shp (ESRI)- and .tab (MapInfo)-format, on request .gdb (GeoDataBase)-format and other formats can be provided. In addition to the administrative, postal and microgeographic layers, NUTS-layers are available as well.

Suitable for use with the Digital Boundaries, MB-Research offers compatible market data (Purchasing Power, MB-Research Consumer Styles, Sociodemographic Data, Consumer Spending, etc.) on the administrative, postal and microgeographic levels.

Innovation with the Release 2021: Additional Names

With the new Release 2021 of MB-Research Digital Boundaries, each package additionally contains "Additional Names" as an Excel spreadsheet. These tables contain country-specific information on the names and languages available in each country, as well as their language and writing systems.

The "Additional Names" can be used for various applications, for example, names in the country-specific writing system as support for query and analysis processes.
A uniform column structure of the ("Additional Names") tables also facilitates the cross-country interaction of language information.

Characteristics of the MB-Research Digital Boundaries

  • all layers are updated at regular intervals
  • all layers are topologically correct and seamless to the borders of neighboring countries
  • data and areas of several countries can be easily combined in one layer due to a unique key facilitating transnational analysis
  • easy update due to unified structure of the layer names
  • besides administrative and postal layers on the most granular level, the higher levels are provided as well
  • Additional Names with country-specific information on the names and languages available in each country, as well as their language and writing systems
  • the Digital Boundaries are vector-based to allow editing in any zoom level
  • delivery of vector-data optional in ESRI-(.shp), MapInfo-(.tab) -format or .gdb (Geodatabase/ESRI), using geographic coordinates WGS84 (reference ellipsoid WGS84, geodetic datum WGS84)
  • matching background layers such as roads or water areas can be supplied additionally on request

Global Map Set for Administrative and Postcode Areas

We offer a Global Map Set for administrative and postal areas. Please contact us: we will be pleased to give you more information about the different levels, our favourable bundle prices for the complete World Map Set or for the countries of your choice.

The MB-Research Digital Boundaries are updated regularly and are suitable for mapping, GIS, Intranet and Internet applications.

We will be happy to assist you and look forward to your call or email!
Your contact person:

Christiane Betzner
Phone: +49 (0) 911-28 707 062
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