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Soc 376 MENA 390-3: GIS Resources for Cities & Citizens of the Middle East (Alemdaroğlu): more Data & Shapefiles

SOC 376- MENA 390-3 - Intl_St 390

GIS Data & Shapefiles - by location

Question: Is there data out there for you to research and map? 

This list does not represent all possible resources. If you are unable to find a particular dataset please contact the Map Specialist.

*Disclaimer: While this document provides links to potential GIS data resources online, it does not endorse the authenticity of any data. You are responsible for any data you download and for respecting propriety and copyrighted data. Do not illegally use data.

Smartgov Africa gives researchers access to 1.2M socio-economic datapoints, in 54 countries. The SmartGov Africa project was launched in June 2015 by SmartGov Technologies Ltd, Cambridge UK. SG Africa was designed to aggregate, geo-reference and discuss all African public data. The platform is open for anyone to use.

The Map Library is a source of public domain basic map data concerning administrative boundaries in Africa.

AfricaMap is housed at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University.

Stanford Geospatial Center, Branner Earth Sciences Library

Worldpop combines the African, Asian and American population mapping projects.

Mountain Geoportal gateway to geo-information resources of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region

ACASIAN The Australian Consortium for the Asian Spatial Information and Analysis Network

Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union which provides statistics that enable comparisons between European countries and regions.

GISCO, a Eurostat service which promotes and stimulates the use of GIS within the European Statistical System and the Commission. 

INSPIRE Geoportal is a European Union spatial information geo-portal supporting environmental policy research. 

EUFGIS or European Information System on Forest Genetic Resources.

The Mosaic Project, from The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) identifies, gathers, harmonizes, and distributes surviving historical census microdata for Europe and beyond. 


The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2012.

Association of American Geographer's Historical GIS Clearinghouse and Forum The Historical GIS Clearinghouse and Forum provides access or to projects that apply geographic technologies to historical research.

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