Talk:CIA World Fact Book, 2004

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Edition: 2004
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Notes: The World Factbook is prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency for the use of US Government officials, and the style, format, coverage, and content are designed to meet their specific requirements. Information is provided by Antarctic Information Program (National Science Foundation), Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center (Department of Defense), Bureau of the Census (Department of Commerce), Bureau of Labor Statistics (Department of Labor), Central Intelligence Agency, Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs, Defense Intelligence Agency (Department of Defense), Department of Energy, Department of State, Fish and Wildlife Service (Department of the Interior), Maritime Administration (Department of Transportation), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Department of Defense), Naval Facilities Engineering Command (Department of Defense), Office of Insular Affairs (Department of the Interior), Office of Naval Intelligence (Department of Defense), US Board on Geographic Names (Department of the Interior), US Transportation Command (Department of Defense), Oil & Gas Journal, and other public and private sources.

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I noticed that the main text in this article is cited to Wikipedia. I'm not sure if that's very good citation practice, since Wikipedia and Wikisource are part of the same project. You can't cite yourself. Krisrp0 (talk) 15:56, 15 April 2014 (UTC)Krisrp0


In my browsing around for different versions of the WFB, I've noticed that Akrotiki does not show up in this year's book. I'm downloading the 2005 version to see if it shows up there (it definitely appears in the 2006), but can anyone find a 2004 version where it does show up? Akrotiki might be in the wrong year.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 20:59, 13 April 2006 (UTC)

Well, these pages are actually all misnamed. These were actually captured from the web site on 26 March, 2005, so should probably be named 2005. I named the overall page to correspond to the already uploaded pages so as not to cause too much confusion. But someone with some experience with bots may want to write something to rename them all. - illy 14:14, 14 April 2006 (UTC)
I just downloaded the 2004 version from the WFB site, and it contains a page for Akrotiki. - illy 19:06, 17 April 2006 (UTC)
Great. I figured the online version was just omitting it.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 19:14, 17 April 2006 (UTC)

Missing Pages[edit]

The following pages appear to be missing:

  • Central African Republic
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • East Timor
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Fiji
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Heard Island and McDonald Islands
  • Jamaica
  • Jersey
  • United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges

- illy 16:00, 17 April 2006 (UTC)

Remove Comoros and Sweden, had just missed these pages. - illy 15:53, 3 May 2006 (UTC)

big changes: maps, formatting, and the intro page[edit]

Hello all,

Over the last few days I have made a few changes to bring this text to life. I have fixed the maps for a third of the countries to be where when the text was published. The list of the countries that got fixed are:

World, Afghanistan, Armenia, Atlantic Ocean, Austria, Bhutan, Cook Islands, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Faroe Islands, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Gabon, Georgia, Iceland, Lithuania, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Northern Mariana Islands, Greenland, Grenada, Italy, Kiribati, Liechtenstein, Micronesia, Federated States of, Montserrat, Navassa Island, New Caledonia, Liechtenstein, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Poland, Pitcairn Islands, Southern Ocean, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles, Tunisia, Turks and Caicos Islands, Singapore, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Other countries had issues with flags and formatting. The list of the countries that fixed are:

Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Atlantic Ocean, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Coral Sea Islands, Gaza Strip, Haiti, Indian Ocean, Iceland, Indian Ocean, Mongolia, Pacific Ocean, Paracel Islands, Puerto Rico, Southern Ocean, Spratly Islands, West Bank, Western Sahara, World

I have also fixed the front page by correcting a typo with Netherlands Antilles, fixing the formatting and updating the Wikipedia blurb, and removing the listing for United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges. It was not in the World Factbook in March 2005. See here for the list of countries.

I'm working off the February 2005 revision which is the only 2004 file available for download at the CIA site. I'm also using Wayback as a guide. Hope this helps. Hoshie (talk) 02:35, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

Lovely. thank you. John Vandenberg (chat) 02:45, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for the comment! I've fixed the map for four more countries. They are: Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Spain, and Slovenia. I plan to add the missing countries and do a text check soon. Hoshie (talk) 01:47, 22 November 2010 (UTC)