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GIS Resources: Population

  • Alexandria Digital Library (ADL) is a distributed digital library with collections of georeferenced materials
  • CIESIN at Columbia University . Readme file.
    • Global Rural-Urban Mapping Project (GRUMP)—alpha version.
      • There are two versions. The one that we used was adjusted to match UN totals, 2000.
      • Different levels of the data is avaiable: world, regional, national
      • To access the regional and national information, at the above page look for the drop down table next to the text "Switch Region"
      • There are 5 products availabe but we found that these 3 products are most useful:
        • Population density grid
        • Urban extents grid
        • Settlement points
      • Using the .ascii version of these files is very simple. This format is readily worked with in ArcMap.
      • The Beta version is expected to be released soon (as of summer '11)
  • GeoNames. e GeoNames geographical database covers all countries and contains over eight million placenames that are available for download free of charge.
    • GEOnet Names Server. Complete files of geographic names information covering countries or geopolitical areas.
    • GeoNames data can be downloaded directly
  • Landscan home page User need to register to download this data.
  • World Gazetteer provides a comprehensive set of population data and related statistics
  • AfriPop project was initiated in July 2009 with an aim of producing detailed and freely-available population distribution maps for the whole of Africa.