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CRL gathers and provides information here about commercial and open access digital resources of interest to the CRL community. This information is intended to inform library decisions on investment in electronic resources and related services.
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).
DemographicsNOW: Business & People
DemographicsNow: Business & People connects users with detailed demographic data that spans the entire United States and Canada.
DigitalGlobe is the primary commercial provider of very high-resolution (VHR) geospatial images and data for all world regions,from satellite and aerial capture. DigitalGlobe Basemap is a subscription service that provides access to customized collections of data sets from the DigitalGlobe repository tailored to the needs of individual client libraries.
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.
LandScan is a unique data set showing population distribution, developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In 2011, East View obtained an exclusive license for all distribution of this database outside of internal government uses. The data set is available through a subscription for each year (representing data collected in the previous year). East View also offers The LandScan Global Archive, a compilation of the historical LandScan data sets.
Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset featuring integrated vector and raster data.
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.
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.
Platts Map Data Pro
Platts Map Data Pro is a geographic information system layer service that facilitates data visualization, analysis, modification, and printing of geospatial data layers with commodity spatial views. The product features a user interface for project assistance and can be used with other GIS datasets and applications.
Platts Map Data Viewer
The Platts Map Data Viewer is a web-based database of spatial and operational data and information with a user-friendly map interface. The product's map layers cover natural gas, electric power, and NGL markets that enables analysis of operational data and spatial relationships between infrastructure.
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.
Social Explorer - OUP
The Social Explorer database was launched in 2003 by Oxford University Press (OUP), and 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.
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.
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.
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