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Hey So I downloaded a rather large GIS file that had all of Europe which contained places of interest, points, railways, waterways, roads, buildings, land use, and natural areas. As I have worked with it to do what I needed to do I have lost the metadata and do not remember what the original source was called. Is there anyway I might obtain the original file or atleast its name so I can record it in my own metadata?

asked 27 Sep '16, 04:55

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What format is the current file in ?

(28 Sep '16, 16:32) Vincent de P... ♦

The current format of the files I have are shapefiles. they are vector layers if that is relevant

(28 Sep '16, 17:27) Kric

Geofabrik sells continent-wide shapefiles. You might also want to check learnosm and openstreetmapdata, but it doesn't look like they have Europe-wide files. Or you could search for "europe shapefile" and you'll find a lot of hits, although most of them won't be OSM data.

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answered 29 Sep '16, 09:36

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Do you have backups from which you can restore the original file (with meta data).
I use a mac and it has 'Time Machine' from which I can restore a copy of the file as it was on the day I downloaded it, stored in the hourly backups. Windows probably does similar backups. (to be safe, save the current file under a new name first) Your browser history may have some info.

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answered 27 Sep '16, 05:46

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I do not have a back up and I recently had to switch computers, the one I originally used crapped out. I will try finding this program but I have a Dell so I'm not sure if they have a similar program thank.

(28 Sep '16, 17:25) Kric

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