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I need an administrative division map of england for a motivation for some scientific workshop. I don't want to cite wikipedia for this. Sadly I can't find any official resources and I don't really know what sites are generally trusted or scientific.

Any tips? I hope this is the correct forum for this answer.

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Most maps of Great Britain derive from the maps published by Her Majesty's Ordnance Survey. The official website is https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/ and the sales page says that for £23.99 you can get a 1 year subscription to a digital app that gives you the ability to export in the GPX digital format.

A crowd sourced version working on a map of the world is The Open Street Map Project. This is equivalent to your rejected option of Wikipedia but I mention it for others that may land on this question.

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I usually refer to two free of charge sources for administrative division maps:

  • for Europe, as in your case (I hope they still hold the maps of UK even after Brexit...) you can use the official NUTS - Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics maps from EUROSTAT available here;
  • EUROSTAT has also a regularly updated dataset of the official boundaries for the whole world here (latest update 2020, but I don't remember how down to the finer statistical territorial units they get with this);
  • DIVA GIS repository: administrative maps of every country in the world (not sure how updated this is), available here.

I'm sure there will be more datasets like these, but these should fit your purposes.

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