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GIS Data: Worldwide Data

This guide provides information and links about GIS Data (and nearly GIS data).

International Data

In addition to data specifically in GIS formats, there is a great wealth of international data that can be found in tabular (spreadsheet) formats that can be joined to shapefiles in a GIS. Here is a link to a guide to international data that is not strictly geospatial that may be helpful.

Worldwide Datasets

African datasets

Asian Datasets

Canadian Data

Global Census Data

East View's Global Census Archive contains census data formatted into a geodatabase which allows the user to search for information and visualize the data using GIS software. For each country, the archive includes a geodatabase with administrative boundary vector data; shapefiles (all vector and census data in ESRI shapefile format); instructions on how to query and visualize data; original census documentation in the native format; and metadata in FGDC ISO format.

The hyperlinks below will take you to the catalog entry for more information and download access. To skip directly to downloads, please see the Latin American Census Directory or the African Census Directory.

GIS Team