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Social Explorer - Direct

Social Explorer database contains the entire U.S. census history as well as numerous other demographic and environmental study reports, as well as mapping tools. The website seamlessly integrates spatial and numeric data through an easy-to-use interface and makes working with socio-demographic data simple even for a novice user.

Social Explorer was previously provided by Oxford University Press (OUP).  In April 2019, OUP announced that OUP and Social Explorer, Inc. mutually agreed to end its partnership.  Beginning on April 22, 2019, Social Explorer, Inc. began to provide subscriptions and services to Social Explorer directly with subscribers.

Provider: Social Explorer, Inc.
Updated: Jul 10, 2019 2:00pm

Wiley Digital Archives

Wiley Digital Archives is a discovery platform and database that provides access to collections of historical primary resources that have been digitized from societies and archives representing knowledge, learning and scholarship in the sciences. The collections that are available through the resource constitute the study of sciences and medicine through primary resources which include: maps, manuscripts, periodicals, administrative papers, fieldwork, correspondence, books, photographs, illustrations, proceedings, meeting minute books, conference papers, pamphlets, reports, grey literature, and ephemera. 

Wiley has partnered with The New York Academy of Science, the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland...

Provider: Wiley
Updated: Jun 26, 2019 1:00pm

VoxGov Federal

VoxGov Federal is a platform that aggregates a broad range of official and ephemeral information resources issued by U.S. Federal Government agencies and and individual representatives. VoxGov Federal focuses on the regulatory process (lawmaking, rulemaking, and compliance). Though much of the information aggregated by VoxGov Federal is available in VoxGov's core product (VoxGov for Education), this distinct platform adds significant regulatory content and offers a different lens on government process.

https://federal.voxgov.com 

Provider: voxgov
Updated: Jul 19, 2019 12:35pm

South Asia Terrorism Portal

The South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP) is a website dedicated to providing access to data on terrorism and low intensity warfare in South Asia through an online database for research and analysis of all extremist movements in the region. SATP is a searchable and continuously updated database on available information relating to terrorism, low intensity warfare and ethnic/communal/sectarian strife in South Asia. 

Provider: The Institute for Conflict Management
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:55am

Planet

Planet Labs provides a series of products of satellite images and data for research using geospatial data. The products utilize the imagery produced by Planet Lab's Triple CubeSat miniature satellites, programed to capture different swaths of Earth.

According to Planet's company site, the products serve a wide range of markets, including: agriculture, civil government, defense and intelligence, education and research, emergency management, energy and infrastructure, finance and business, forestry and land use, insurance, mapping and maritime.  

Provider: Planet Labs
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:48am

Yemen Data Project

The Yemen Data Project is an independent data collection project aimed at collecting and disseminating data on the conduct of the war in Yemen, with the purpose of increasing transparency and promoting accountability of the actors involved. The Yemen Data Project was founded in 2016 with the overall goal of contributing independent and neutral data to increase transparency over the conduct of the war and to inform humanitarian response, human rights advocacy, media coverage and policy discussion.

Provider: Yemen Data Project
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:43am

WorldPop

WorldPop is an open access platform providing access to demographic data, initiated in 2013 to unite the continent-focussed AfriPop, AsiaPop and AmeriPop projects, with an aim of producing detailed and freely-available population distribution and composition maps for the whole of Central and South America, Africa and Asia.

Provider: GeoData Institute, University of Southampton
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:47am

OpenAfrica

OpenAfrica is a volunteer driven open data platform, it aims to be the largest independent repository of open data on the African continent. Maintained by Code for Africa, it is a public service that is available as a free resource for citizens, civil society organisations, civic activists, the media, and government agencies. Users can upload, download and reuse data available through the platform. 

Provider: Code for Africa
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:54am

Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is the world’s largest open access digital library for biodiversity literature and archives. BHL operates as a worldwide consortium of natural history, botanical, research, and national libraries working together to address this challenge by digitizing the natural history literature held in their collections and making it freely available for open access as part of a global “biodiversity community.”

Provider: Biodiversity Heritage Library
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:50am

Medical Heritage Library

The Medical Heritage Library is a freely available collection of resources, including text, audio, and video. The project seeks out new opportunities to digitize primary resources in the history of medicine through grant-funded initiatives and efforts to identify like-minded institutions willing to share content through the MHL’s Internet Archive collection. 

Content Contributors contribute existing digitized content generated by their own institutions that meets MHL criteria and deposit it the Internet Archive tagged as part of the MHL collection.

Provider: Medical Heritage Library
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:52am

Observatory of Mining Conflicts in Latin America

The Observatory of Mining Conflicts in Latin America built a Latin American Database on Mining Conflicts to map and document communities affected by mining operations.

Provider: Technology for Transparency Network
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:44am

Environmental Justice Atlas

The Environmental Justice Atlas documents and catalogues social conflict around environmental issues. The database contains information on the investors, the drivers for these deals, and their impacts, basic data, source of conflict, project details, conflict and mobilization, impacts, outcome, references to legislation, academic research, videos and pictures.

Provider: Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:49am

African Elections Database

The African Elections Database is an archive of past and present election results for the 49 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Provider: African Elections Database
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:55am

Countries At Risk of Electoral Violence

The open access dataset of Countries At Risk of Electoral Violence (CREV) includes provides detailed dyadic information on electoral violence in 101 countries between1995 and 2013. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. 

Provider: The University of Glasgow
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:46am

Social Conflict Analysis Database (SCAD)

Social Conflict Analysis Database (SCAD) is a resource representing protests, riots, strikes, inter-communal conflict, government violence against civilians, and other forms of social conflict not systematically tracked in other conflict datasets. SCAD currently includes information on social conflicts from 1990-2016, covering all of Africa and now also Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Provider: Strauss Center, University of Texas at Austin
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:53am

Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED)

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a disaggregated conflict collection, analysis and crisis mapping project. The open access collection capturese the dates, actors, types of violence, locations, and fatalities of all reported political violence and protest events across Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and the Middle East.

Provider: Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED)
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:45am

China Data Center

The China Data Center is a unit of the University of Michigan that was founded in 1997. The China Data Center is designed to serve as an international center for advancing the study and understanding of China. A primary goal of the Center is the integration of historical, social and natural science data in a geographic information system.

The China Data Center is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), the Institute of Social Research (ISR), and the  the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Sciences (ICPSR). 

Provider: University of Michigan
Updated: Jun 12, 2019 1:56pm

Population Reference Bureau Data

The Population Reference Bureau's online database features indicators, U.S. and international data resources, and the World Population Data Sheets. The resource is openly accessible, users can browse data and resources or keyword searched across the platform. 

Provider: Population Reference Bureau
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:52am

World Development Indicators

The primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates.

Provider: World Bank
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:48am

Amadeus

Amadeus is a database of comparable financial and business information on approximately 14 million public and private European companies by total assets covering 43 countries. Amadeus is published by Moody's Analytics and Bureau van Dijk.

Provider: Bureau van Dijk Publishing Ltd
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 11:50am

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