A wide variety of potentially useful open source and commercial software solutions are available.
International Data Base
The US Census Bureau’s International Data Base offers a variety of demographic indicators for countries and areas of the world with a population of 5,000 or more. The IDB has provided access to demographic data for over 25 years to governments, academics, other organizations, and the public.
International Statistical Agencies
This site from the US Census Bureau gathers together links to the statistical agencies of most nations.
Kansas Event Data System (KEDS) Project
KEDS uses the automated coding of English-language news reports to generate political event data focusing on the Middle East, Balkans, and West Africa. These data are used in statistical early warning models to predict political change. The ten-year project is based in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas.
The LandScan Dataset comprises a worldwide population database compiled on a 30″ X 30″ latitude/longitude grid. Census counts (at sub-national level) were apportioned to each grid cell based on likelihood coefficients, which are based on proximity to roads, slope, land cover, nighttime lights, and other information.
The Map Library is a source of public domain basic map data concerning administrative boundaries in developing countries. The data is broken down into manageable chunks to make it easier to download for those with poor internet connections.
Global Administrative Areas
GADM is a spatial database of the location of the world’s administrative areas (or adminstrative boundaries) for use in GIS and similar software. Administrative areas in this database are countries and lower level subdivisions such as provinces, departments, bibhag, bundeslander, daerah istimewa, fivondronana, krong, landsvæðun, op?tina, sous-préfectures, counties, and thana. GADM describes where these administrative areas are (the “spatial features”), and for each area it provides some attributes, foremost being the name and variant names. The data are available as (more)…
IntraSearch, Inc., is a full service commercial mapping company, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. IntraSearch began in 1951 as a geological consulting company for oil, gas and mineral-related companies. The company broadened its scope to include a wide range of services for federal, county and municipal governments, as well as energy, engineering, telecommunications and utilities. IntraSearch has an e-commerce division called MapMart. Launched in 1997, MapMart began as an internet-based geospatial data warehouse and has grown to offer an unrivaled variety of data and services. MapMart is partnered with over thirty of the top geospatial data creators to cover (more)…
Sudan Interagency Mapping data
Sudan Interagency Mapping is comprised of GIS professionals working for non-profit Humanitarian, Developmental, or Peacekeeping initiatives. It functions in cooperation with local authorities to promote and facilitate the sharing of standardized Geospatial Information to enable all members to develop compatible and reliable products to assist in their operations. Map layers are available of administrative boundaries, settlements, transportation and hydrology.
Web Fire Mapper
The Web Fire Mapper is an internet based mapping tool that delivers locations of active fires in near real time. For selected regions and countries you can view an interactive map showing active fires for a specified time period, combined with your choice of GIS layers and satellite imagery.
European Commission Joint Research Center Fuzzy Matcher
Search over 7,000,000 place names (mostly from the Geonet Names Server) using a phonetic transcription of the place. The search is spelling tolerant, with more emphasis on the vowels.
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