Find ESRI Shapefiles for a SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services Map (SSRS)

Find ESRI Shapefiles for a SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services Map (SSRS)

ESRI shapefiles contain data that complies with the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) shapefile spatial data format. ESRI shapefiles are available on the Web from a variety of sites. The term "shapefile" applies to a set of related files. To add a map to a report, you must have both the .shp file that contains spatial data and the matching .dbf file that contains supporting information.

Note   Spatial data and other data that is contained in ESRI shapefiles can be politically sensitive and possibly copyrighted. Check the terms of use and privacy statements for the ESRI shapefiles to understand how you can use spatial data in your report.

Finding ESRI Shapefiles from Public Domain Sites

You can download ESRI files from public domain data sources on the Web, including government and university sites. For example, the built-in map feature in SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services uses data from TIGER/Line Shapefiles provided courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau ( TIGER/Line Shapefiles are an extract of selected geographic and cartographic information from the Census MAF/TIGER database. TIGER/Line Shapefiles are available without charge from the U.S. Census Bureau. To obtain more information about the TIGER/Line Shapefiles go to The boundary information in the TIGER/Line Shapefiles are for statistical data collection and tabulation purposes only; their depiction and designation for statistical purposes does not constitute a determination of jurisdictional authority or rights of ownership or entitlement and they are not legal land descriptions. Census TIGER and TIGER/Line are registered trademarks of the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

Finding Spatial or Other Commercial Data from Windows Azure™ Marketplace DataMarket

The DataMarket section of Windows Azure Marketplace, formerly known as Codename Dallas, includes data, imagery, and real-time web services from leading commercial data providers and authoritative public data sources. DataMarket includes datasets, imagery, and real-time web services from leading commercial data providers and authoritative public data sources into the Windows® Azure™ Platform. For more information, see and

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  • This is very confusing. Where do I find suitable ESRI shapefiles for African countries?

  • This does not help at all - where can I find shape files for Australia and New Zealand??

  • Any chance of a patch to SSRS/Report Builder 3 to support the ESRI PolygonZ element?

    Without this, you can't load Geoscience Australia esri maps.

  • can somebody please reply to the question mentioned above? We are all stuck here

  • try

  • This article is just a waste of my time. Report Builder 3.0, y u sent me here?

  • This is very US centric, please provide some links to sources and services in the rest of the world

  • HELLO THERE I FIND SOMWHERE THAT SOLVED MY PROBLEM !and i shod say this is not american centeric no more!at least  not all of it! to use maps you should have your map with two type .dbf and .shp and they should be in one folder !but so as to find your maps i suggest firs this site  and for just .shp types (at least i think so) you can go to

    with the best regards

    soheil gholoubi

  • I have created a blog post on how to use the ESRI shapefiles available on DIVA-GIS for the rest of the world

  • If you are looking for Canada shape files you can find a selection at

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