Uzbekistan has been an independent state since 1991 when
it broke away from the Soviet Union but mapping still
follows patterns established in the Soviet era. Topographic
maps are on the Gauss conformal transverse cylindrical
projection, Krassovsky ellipsoid.
Soviet military topographic mapping of Uzbekistan is available at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (8 sheets, complete coverage, published 1969-1990);
1:500,000 (20 sheets, complete coverage, published 1986-1990); 1:200,000 (117 sheets, complete coverage, published 1981-1992); 1:100,000 (369 sheets, complete coverage,
published 1956-1991); 1:50,000 (1,294 sheets, complete coverage, published 1962-1994) and city (1:10,000 to 1:25,000) topographic mapping of 16 major cities from Andizhan (Andijan)
to Urgench published between 1975 and 1991. These products are available in print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.
Following independence the Chief Administration of Geodesy,
Cartography and State Cadastral Survey of the Cabinet of
Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, (Glavnoe Upravlenie
Geodezii, Kartografii i Gosudarstvennogo Kadastra
pri Kabinete Ministrov Respubliki Uzbekistan) assumed the
role of the national mapping agency with headquarters in
Tashkent, and is known as Uzgeodezkadastr. The Uzbek
Aerogeodetic Enterprise had been responsible for map compilation
prior to independence, and continues to produce official
mapping, which is printed in the Tashkent Cartographic
Factory, the only significant official map printing plant in any
of the former Soviet Central Asian republics.
It is planned to convert Soviet mapping to new Uzbek
editions with Russian and Uzbek place names, and to revise
coverage on a six-year cycle, with the exception of steppe
areas, where a twelve-year revision period is envisaged.
Uzgeodezkadastr has also published new smaller-scale mapping
since independence. This includes political maps of each
oblast, with place name indices on the reverse, published at
1:500,000 scale, and 1:1,000,000 scale two-sheet administrative
mapping using a political base. A Russian town map
of the capital Tashkent was produced in the early 1990s by
Glavnoe Upravlenie Geodezii Kartografii (GUGK), now
Federal'naya Sluzhba Geodezii i Kartografii Rossii
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