Countrywide Data

Data resources on this page are focused specifically on countries around the globe. Those held by Stanford will have the SU symbol next to the resource.

  • Africa Map Library. Country by country public domain base map data for Africa. Included are administrative boundaries and satellite imagery.
  • Kenya GIS Data. World Resources Institute has mounted a wide range of Kenya data including information on population, poverty, agriculture, land cover, elevation, rainfall, etc.
Asia/Middle East
  • Afghanistan Information Management Services (AIMS). AIMS has been designed to provide information management services to organizations across Afghanistan. From the home page link to shapefiles for Afghanistan and Kabul or geocodes for the 32 provinces.
  • China historical GIS. Data created by the Harvard Yenching Institute. Detailed information may be found here.
  • China 2000 township population census data with maps. Data from the China Data Center at the University of Michigan. CDs include 2000 township GIS maps with about 2,000 variables from 2000 population Census data for all townships. The GIS map layers include: (1) 2000 township map with population census data (1:1 million); (2) 2000 county boundary map; (3) 2000 provincial boundary map; (4) 2000 county capital point map; (5) 2000 prefecture city capital point map; (6) 2000 provincial capital point map; (7) Highway; (8) National Road; (9) Provincial Trunk Road; (10) Railways; (11) Rivers; and (12) Coast lines.
  • China historical county population census data with maps: 1953, 1964, 1982, 1990, 2000. Data from the China Data Center at the University of Michigan. CD includes the population Census data at county level for 1953, 1964, 1982, 1990 and 2000, integrated with the county GIS maps in Shape file format. All variables are in both Chinese and English.
  • Chinese Civilization in Time and Space. Web-based GIS system with historical maps, integrated with full-text databases from the Academia Sinica. The fundamental base maps are based on Dr. Tan’s “The Historical Atlas of China”. “The Historical Atlas of China” provides users with Chinese historical features, covering Chinese history over the past 2000 years, from the ancient time to Qing dynasty. Click on “Enter CCTS System” to access the database. Users must download ArcView 9.1, the latest Java Runtime Environment, and CCTS plug-ins before use.
  • Digital Gazetteer of the Song Dynasty (DGSD). The DGSD is a MySQL database that records the 3,828 units that existed at any time in the administrative hierarchy of China’s Song dynasty (960–1276 CE); along with attributes such as population, civil and military ranks, and locations of centers of state industry. All of the entities are spatially referenced, and all events of spatial change (establishment, abolition, promotion, and demotion of jurisdictions) are recorded and temporally referenced. The database, and shapefiles derived from it, are freely available for download and use under Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike terms.
  • India state basemap, 2008. This CD includes seamless vector data about every state in India. It includes district and sub-district boundaries, locations of cities and towns, villages over 5,000 people in population, highways and roads, railroad routes and railway stations, airports, etc. Census demographic, socio-economic and communications data are also included.
    • CD available at Branner Library, call number G7651 .E1 2008 .M6 Ready Reference. This CD does not circulate.
  • IndiaMap, 2000. IndiaMap contains selected cartographic and statistical data in ARC/INFO (dBase) format with which users can generate maps of India. Software allows the user to draw maps to show the important train routes, including scheduling information, highways, wildlife parks and sanctuaries and more. Socio-economic and demographic data from the 1991 Census, communication and wildlife related data are included. IndiaMap is georeferenced and sourced from 1:4 million scale maps and published secondary data.
    • CD available at Branner Library, call number G7651.A25 2000 .I53 Ready Reference. This CD does not circulate.
  • Pakistan administrative GIS spatial data. Data created by the Australian Consortium of the Asian Spatial Information and Analysis Network (ACASIAN). CD includes administrative boundaries and capitals for provinces and federally administered areas, plus Azad Kashmir (ADM1), divisions (ADM2), and districts and agencies, etc. (ADM3), as of the 1998 census, fitted to DCW coastline and international boundaries, including the ‘Line of Control’ with India. 1998 census population figures supplied. The spatial data are geo-referenced in decimal degrees using the WGS84 Spheroid.
    • CD available at Branner Library, call number G7640 2004 .A85 Media.
  • Tajikistan administrative GIS spatial data. Data created by the Australian Consortium of the Asian Spatial Information and Analysis Network (ACASIAN). Includes ADM1, ADM2, and ADM3 administrative units and capitals for Tajikistan, updated to “early/mid 2000s status.” The spatial data are georeferenced in decimal degrees using the WGS84 Spheroid and fitted to the DCW coastline.
    • CD available at Branner Library, call number G7260 2004 .A85 Media.
  • Geoscience Australia: national layer downloads. This site provides a variety of layers to download for free including topography, digital elevation models, geology, and environmental data. Links are also provided to satellite imagery.
  • Australian spatial data directory: ASDD. The ASDD provides a metadata clearinghouse for spatial data throughout Australia. While not providing content, it does alert you to the availability of content and the right people/agencies/groups to get it.
North America, Central America
South America
General Country-wide Data
  • ESRI Data & Maps. ESRI releases a set of DVDs yearly with a wide variety of data that is worldwide in scope. These data are available from the following sources.
    • Check out the DVDs from Branner. Call number: G70.212 .E77 2008 (Media). You can use the DVDs in-house at both the Social Sciences Resource Center at Green Library and Hopkins Marine Library.
    • AFS Space. You can access these data from anywhere on campus by connecting to the following AFS directory: \afs\ir\group\gis. Instructions for doing so are here: GIS Data on AFS
    • The GIS machines at Branner have the latest ESRI data loaded on the C drive of each machine.

« Back