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Hello All,

I am attempting to prepopulate a database with content (i.e. the Make, Model, and Years of currently available vehicles), and was wondering where I might download or otherwise purchase this kind of data. The kind of program I'm writing is used for something akin to Crime Scene Investigations (it's not CSI, but closely related), so some of the data (i.e. the Makes and Models of weapons) may set off warning bells with the wrong people (just being safe, 9/11 has everyone on thier feet), so I guess for some of this stuff I will have to request the data directly from the appropriate department, but all things aside, I'd like to see what I can get from here first...


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Ryan Ross
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Actually, where can I find a website with general pre-populated DBs? Like lists of Vehicles, Weapons, States, Cities, Zip Codes, etc...
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That is a pretty general list.  I can't think of any source for all of it.  Most, like vehicle info and weapons, would probably need to come from the manufacturer, especially if you want details on each item.  There is really no requirement to provide this info to Joe Public though so it will be hard to get.  Organizations, clubs, fan sites would be a better source for some list and info like this.  Getting it in a DB will be harder, especially the same type of DB for all the info.

States, cities and zips can be accessed from the USPS site.  A site like http://www.zipcodeworld.com/zipcodebasic.htm will provide the info for a regular fee in probably various formats.  I have not ever seen the info available for free in a DB, CD or easily accessed (in a complete way).  There are plenty of site that let you do a lookup for free but that won't provide the DB or access it sounds like you want.

If you are working for a government agency then there are sources like FBI, CIA, etc for info like this which they compile.

Of course this all assumes you want US info. :)  Let me know how this helps or if you have a question.  It may help if you are a little more specific and narrower in what you want.

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