I would like to quickly create a map showing the AIIB member countries, something like this map:

Schengen countries

Ideally, I would:

  1. Open the tool
  2. Click on the countries I want to be painted with a color
  3. Ideally crop the map if only interested in a particular part of the world
  4. Save the result


  • Result file should be public domain, at least MUST be reusable in Wikipedia
  • Result file MUST be SVG
  • Faster than downloading an SVG and editing it.
  • Ideally several color, but on/off (two colors) is OK too.

Webapp preferred but any platform is acceptable.

  • A good question (+1). I would also like this, especially if it can also colo(u)r code regions within a country (states, shires, etc). Of course, for bonus marks, it would be great if it can output HTML with JS to handle clicking on a country or region, but that is stretching the scope of your question (I may just ask my own). – Mawg says reinstate Monica Feb 3 '15 at 10:58

I suggest that you take a look at python + matplotlib + the basemap toolkit and/or cartopy - as this SO Question shows you can select countries based on a number of criteria and colour them as you wish.

  • Output to numerous file formats
  • Selection on numerous criteria
  • Results are your own - you can place in the public domain
  • Multiple colours available
  • You get to pick the center, crop and projection
  • Free both price and FOSS
  • Cross platform.
  • You can either save your plot programmatically or, in the view window, you can save image in a number of formats.


From the answers to the question referenced above:

#! /usr/bin/env python

import sys
import os
from pylab import *
from mpl_toolkits.basemap import Basemap
import matplotlib as mp

from shapelib import ShapeFile
import dbflib
from matplotlib.collections import LineCollection
from matplotlib import cm

def get_shapeData(shp,dbf):
  for npoly in range(shp.info()[0]):
    shpsegs = []
    shpinfo = []

    shp_object = shp.read_object(npoly)
    verts = shp_object.vertices()
    rings = len(verts)
    for ring in range(rings):
        if ring == 0:
            shapedict = dbf.read_record(npoly)
        name = shapedict["name_long"]
        continent = shapedict["continent"]
        lons, lats = zip(*verts[ring])
        if max(lons) > 721. or min(lons) < -721. or max(lats) > 91. or min(lats) < -91:
            raise ValueError,msg
        x, y = m(lons, lats)
        shapedict['RINGNUM'] = ring+1
        shapedict['SHAPENUM'] = npoly+1

    lines = LineCollection(shpsegs,antialiaseds=(1,))

if __name__=='__main__':

  ax = plt.subplot(111)
  m = Basemap(projection='merc',llcrnrlat=30,urcrnrlat=72,\

  sfile = 'ne_10m_admin_0_countries'

  shp = ShapeFile(sfile)
  dbf = dbflib.open(sfile)


Which results in: Example Map

You might also like to take a look at plotly which allows more online use but the last time that I looked hadn't fully implemented basemap.

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