This page contains a number of links to useful resources and sites which we have categorized into three groups. Please contact us if you think something else should be included.
Spatial Demography Research Resources
The Center for Social and Demographic Analysis (CSDA)
CSDA is located at the University at Albany, State University of New York. It has many researchers that employ spatial data and methods in their research (see the Research section of their website, specifically the Spatial Inequalities). CSDA collaborates with The Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Rural Research and supports the Urban China Research Network.
Esri GIS Bibliography
Esri is the company behind ArcGIS, the most popular GIS software in the world. This bibliography offers a number of other resources to those interested in GIS. It currently contains almost 200,000 GIS-related items and it is constantly maintained and updated.
The Great Plains Population and Environment Project is hosted at the University of Michigan Population Studies Center. This project “analyzes the recursive relationships between environment, population, and land use in the Great Plains, a semi-arid grassland covering roughly one-third of the United States, over a period of about one hundred and fifty years.”
Macro International’s Demographic and Health Research Division is home to the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) which has “collected, analyzed, and disseminated accurate and representative data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more than 300 surveys in over 90 countries.”
The Pennsylvania State University, Population Research Institute (PRI) created its Geographic Information Analysis Core in 1996. Much of the work using GIS and spatial analysis is with faculty in both the College of Health and Human Development and the College of the Liberal Arts. Both PRI and the Department of Geography are directly involved with the GISPopSci project. The Department of Geography is a leader in GIS research and instruction (see the recent online Masters in GIS).
Population Studies & Training Center at Brown University includes researchers that focus on spatial demography. Brown University also houses the Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences initiative, which has information about a number of projects at the intersection of the spatial and social sciences.
The RAND Corporation’s Labor and Population Program is host to the Los Angeles Families and Neighborhoods (LAFANS) project, an important longitudinal study whose goal is to “understand: how neighborhoods affect a variety of outcomes, including children’s development and well-being and stress and health among children and adults.”
The University of Minnesota, Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is home to the National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) project. MPC is also host to IPUMS-USA and IPUMS-International data sets, which collect and distribute census data. The Geography Department at the University of Minnesota is one of the strongest graduate programs in the United States, and it offers an online Masters degree in GIScience.
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Carolina Population Center (CPC) was the first Population Center to create a dedicated Spatial Analysis Unit. CPC houses a number of spatial demography projects including (a) Nang Rong, Thailand Project, and (b) Ecuador Project. CPC also hosts the Distance Advancement of Population Research (DAPR) that includes modules based on spatial demography.
University of Wisconsin’s Center for Demography and Ecology includes the Applied Population Lab (APL), whose mission is to “carry forward a program of applied demographic research and outreach to translate social and economic data into useful information.”
Applications of Spatial Demography Resources
- Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety (MAPS) at the National Institute of Justice is a good starting point for applied and academic research using GIS and spatial analysis to address crime issues.
- One of the leading researchers in spatial crime analysis is Jerry Ratcliffe. His webpage is another valuable resource.
- Center for Applied Studies of the Environment (CAPSE) at Hunter College, New York. This site collects and disseminates information pertaining to crime mapping and analysis.
Public Health and Epidemiology
- The Center for Disease Control’s NCHHSTP Atlas—This interactive tool “provides interactive maps, graphs, tables, and figures showing geographic patterns and time trends of HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary and secondary syphilis surveillance data.”
- HealthMap.org—provides up to date maps and information on infectious diseases.
- The National Cancer Institute—Cancer Mortality Maps and Graphs provides provides dynamically generated maps of cancer incidence
- The Public Health Disparities Geocoding Project—an effort to link public health data to socioeconomic data, through the use of geocoding. They have extracted census tract level poverty data for all census tracts in the United States, for 1980, 1990, and 2000 and made them available for download.
- The World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Map Gallery—contains recent maps about various global health issues.
- The Measuring Spatial Segregation project—Hosted at Pennsylvania State University’s population research institute. The project “developed and refined a new approach to measuring spatial (race/ethnic) segregation that addresses known flaws in other measures.” This page offers free download of SpatialSeg, a package for ArcGIS 9 that measures spatial segregation.
- Spatial Segregation Measurement Project—A project by David Wong of George Mason University to create improved methods of measuring spatial segregation. Includes some downloadable ArcGis scripts.
- Virtual Laboratory in Racial and Ethnic Stratification and Inequality—Run by Mark Fossett at Texas A&M Universty. Offers several tools for measuring and analyzing segregation.
Geospatial Data Resources
U.S. Data—University Sites:
- Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR)—Rutgers University
- GIS Data Portal—Tufts University
- GIS Data Server—University of South Carolina
- Geographic Correspondance Engine—University of Missouri
- Geospatial Data Portal—University of Virginia
- Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)—University of Michigan
- IPUMS and other data projects—University of Minnesota
- Maps and GIS—University of Arkansas
- National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS)—University of Minnesota
- Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (PASDA)—Penn State University
- Philadelphia Neighborhood Base—University of Pennsylvania
U.S. Data—Federal Agencies:
- Center for Disease Control—Data Access Tools
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—Data Finder
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)—Uniform Crime Reports
- National Center for Education Statistics—Common Core of Data (CCD)
- National Center for Education Statistics—School District Demographic System (SDDS)
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory—LandScan
- U.S. Census Bureau—American Fact Finder
- U.S. Census Bureau 1790–2010—SocialExplorer
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—Food Environment Atlas
- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)—Maps, Imagery and Publications
Spatial Data Vendors and Clearinghouses: