Government Datasets or APIs

Shapefile for 'Aboriginal Australia Map'



Last year I did a big trip around Australia with my family and I became very aware of just how clueless most of us city folk are of the diversity and sheer quantity of distinct indigenous cultures that spread across this great land.


Discovering the 'Aboriginal Australia map' was an awakening for me.


This year I’m participating in GovHack ( ) and would love to build a smartphone app which lets you know when you have entered a new indigenous land. The working title might even be something like 'Welcome to Country' (Assuming that’s appropriate) and as people travel Australia the phone can notify visitors when they have come to new country and let them know who’s country they have arrived in and possibly even provide a little information and possibly over time even a welcome message from the local people.


The app intends to be a fun educational way for people to become more aware of our local indigenous cultures and I hope we can be supported with data so we may build the app I wished I had as I was working to better understand local culture when I travelled Australia last year. Please note we understand borders may not be definitive and as such we intend to notify users of their arrival once they are a certain distance into a new zone.




What I'm seeking is a ESRI shapefile ( ).

Shapefiles commonly take the extension .shp, .shx, .dbf

The original image file for the AIATSIS ‘Aboriginal Australia Map’ is available via ABC online here: and here from AIATISI


The map data is held by AIATSIS. The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is the national research and collecting institution for information and research about the cultures and lifestyles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, past and present. AIATSIS was established under the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Act 1989.




Im the case where no relevant shapefile is available what I would be seeking is permission to use the visual copywrited image of the map for the purposes of generating a shapefile from the map image myself.


Idea No. 78