Population Data Overview

Originally posted by Silvia Renn (WorldFish):

Most of us need to use population data in our GIS work. Mapping Global and Rural Populations (1) is great report that explains the origins, contents and differences of the major population data available. The report describes data (not only population) from the following sources:

  1. United Nations Population Division
  2. U.S. Census Bureau’s International Program Center
  3. World Gazetteer
  4. City Population
  5. Digital Chart of the World (DCW)Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI)
  6. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Vector Smart Map level0
  7. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Vector Smart Map level1
  8. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency GEONet Names Server (GNS)
  9. Database of Nighttime Lights of the World (NOAA)
  10. Global Land Cover Characteristics (GLCC) dataset
  11. Global Land Cover 2000 database (GLC2000)
  12. MOderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)
  13. Gridded Population of the World version 3 (GPW v3) dataset; (CIESIN)
  14. EuroGeographics Seamless Administrative Boundaries of Europe
  15. LandScan Global Population Database, 2002, (ORNL)
  16. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Resource Information Database
  17. Global map of urban areas Boston University’s Department of Geography
  18. World Water Development Report II (UNESCO) Indicators for World Water Assessment Programme
  19. Poverty Mapping Project
  20. International Boundaries datase UN Geographic Information Working Group (DPKO/UNCS)

(1) M. Salvatore, F. Pozzi, E. Ataman, B. Huddleston and M. Bloise – Mapping Global Urban and Rural Population Distributions – Environment and Natural Resources Series, No. 24 – FAO, Rome, 2005

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