Game of Thrones Maps and GIS Data
George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, titled A Song of Ice and Fire, is a story based in a fictional geography consisting of Seven Kingdoms spread out across the continents of Westeros and Essos. The series chronicles various power struggles among noble families trying to to occupy the Iron Throne, while others try to gain independence from it.
The Game of Thrones books have sold over 90 million copies worldwide and was adapted into a popular television series on HBO in 2011. Now going into its eighth season, the series is coming to an end.
If you have been watching the Game of Thrones series on HBO then you will no doubt have noticed how important maps have been to the story and how often they appear in various episodes, from the 3D animated map in the opening credits, to the giant hand carved map table of Westeros located in the Kings Chamber at Dragonstone Castle.
The gvSIG Association have provided a pretty neat user guide titled ‘Learning GIS with Game of Thrones’ themed around the Game of Thrones series, aimed to encourage people to learn their popular user-friendly open source GIS software, while having some fun.
They have also provided free download of the Game of Thrones themed data (see links below to download the guide and the data set) that they use in their guide book. The data can be used to learn gvSIG, as well as used with almost any geospatial based software. We downloaded the data last year, and created some Game of Thrones maps our selves and encourage other geospatial minded fans to do the same.
[page originally published April 2017 & updated in April 2019 ]
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