To create interactive maps

Anne Sophie Gill (SKEMA Global Lab in AI) , Thierry Warin (SKEMA Business School (Raleigh, NC))

What is a shapefile ?

Shapefiles are a common way to store geospatial data.

A Shapefile is a simple, nontopological format for storing the geometric location and attribute information of geographic features. Geographic features in a shapefile can be represented by points, lines, or polygons (areas). (Environmental Systems Research Institute, 2016)

Usually, you need to dig the internet to find the shape file you are interested in. However, in this blog, I am sharing with you my favorite links to download some shapefiles.

Remember, the .zip file must contain at least the .shp, .shx, .dbf, and .prj files components of the shapefile. for your Shapefile to work properly in SKEMA Quantum Studio (Warin 2019).

Natural Earth Good for a map of the entire world

Datapages Good for a map of a specific country

GADM Good for a map of a specific country and it’s region and subregions

United States Census Bureau Good for different maps of the United States

Eurostat Good for a map of Europe

StatCan Good for different maps of Canada

All you have to do is download the .zip file and then upload it into the SKEMA Quantum Studio (Warin 2019) framework.

To learn how to use a shapefile, you can read this

Follow SKEMA Global Lab in Augmented Intelligence

Warin, Thierry. 2019. “SKEMA Quantum Studio: A Technological Framework for Data Science in Higher Education.”


For attribution, please cite this work as

Gill & Warin (2020, Feb. 25). Blog: Shapefiles. Retrieved from

BibTeX citation

  author = {Gill, Anne Sophie and Warin, Thierry},
  title = {Blog: Shapefiles},
  url = {},
  year = {2020}