Hi all! I'm new to GIS programming and I'm looking for someone that can explain me some simple things.
My purpose is to realize a simple .NET DirectX-based desktop form showing the world map exactly like in this screenshot:
using Blue Marble and country boundaries data, of course... but also showing most popolous cities and administrative regions for each country.
My first question is: is there any open source GIS software that already does the same thing?
If not, where can I find all the necessary map data? All the shapefiles that I use must have the same scale/size?
Is there any visual software out there to edit/create simple shapefiles?
Is there a way, using SharpMap, to make a color overlay on the country pointed by the mouse?
Thank you in advance for help! :-)