Monthly Archives: February 2010

Natural Earth – Free Raster and Vector Data

Somewhat unfamiliar to me is the Natural Earth project, providing free raster and vector data of administrative borders, disputed areas, populated places, urban polygons and water boundaries in addition to much more. Great for updated maps. For historical shapefiles. Check … Continue reading

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Population Estimate Service

Many within the GIS community working on global data are familiar with the Gridded Population of the World (GPW). This global gridded population estimate has now been more available through a web-service. This lets the user zoom around to investigate … Continue reading

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FME – Raster to polygon

The last couple of weeks i have been working on a raster to vector conversion in FME, and thought it would be nice to share my experiences here at my blog. This might be the start to a FME special … Continue reading

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Global Assessment of light pollution impact on protected areas

A new report from CIESIN and the Austrian Insitute of Technology has released an global assessment on light pollution on protected areas. The analysis is done to reveal how light pollution affects protected areas. Hence, two new variables was created … Continue reading

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Environmental Performance Index 2010

CIESIN and Yale University has released the 2010 data of their data set on environmental performance index. GisIntersect has created a map from the dataset, available here Click the map for full size:

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Last of the Wild Interactive Mapper

SEDAC at CIESIN has released a interactive mapper that visualizes the Human Influence and the Human Footprint dataset (version 2). The data has a global coverage and is available in 30 arc seconds grid cells and 1 km grid cells. … Continue reading

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Global Roads Data

Globally consistent spatial road data sets are indeed scarce. Many of the available data sets has data with highly variable consistency. A new project hosted at CIESIN is due to release a new globally consistent road data set named gRoads. … Continue reading

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Historical state boundaries – cShapes

Nils Weidmann at Princeton University and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch at the University of Essex has constructed this historical border dataset. The cShapes package includes all state border changes from 1946 and onward. It provides an excellent dataset to visualize border … Continue reading

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Free maps and baselayers

ArcGIS online resources center provides some very interesting basemaps for free. If you only need some background maps to visualize your information on, then this is a good solution. The service includes both basemaps, reference maps and elevation maps. There … Continue reading

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GeoSpatial Modelling Environment

The Geospatial Modelling Environment (GME) is the predecessor of the Hawths Tools extension for ArcGIS. It is designed to facilitate rigorous spatial analysis and modelling by linking ArcGIS to the statistical software package R. The new software has increased graphic … Continue reading

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