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Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal
The Geoportal was launched in August and provides discoverability and facilitates access to geospatial resources. The resources in the portal are selected and curated by librarians and geospatial specialists at ten research institutions in the Big Ten Academic Alliance.
The resources include GIS datasets, web services, and digitized historical maps. 
Selected Resources
Provides access to statistical data produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. There are up to 2 billion charts, maps, views, rankings, time series and tables available for use in the Data-Planet repository. Data-Planet Statistical Datasets offers powerful capabilities to compare & contrast multiple data series, perform statistical calculations on the data, and customize output views. 
Many of the data sets are available for download as GIS data -- look for the "Map" icon to identify this functionality.
GIS Data for India (email Ryan for details and access; new acquisitions in bold)
  • National Base Map
  • Soil
  • Land Use / Land Cover
  • Fertilizer Usage (2002-2013)
  • Cropping Patterns (2001-2013)
  • Major Crops (area, production & yield)
  • District Hospitals
  • Health Centers
  • Economic Assets
  • State, District, & Sub District Boundaries (with demographics) 1991, 2001, and 2011
  • District Boundaries (with demographics) 1951 
Allows users to create custom maps and analyses using data from a variety of GIS datasets, including topographic maps and population data. Includes tools to analyze raster data (when available), and to query and download data. 
Data sets currently available in EVGeoCloud include LandScan Global Archive (2000-2014), Karta Mira, Amman, Jordan Neighborhood Boundaries, and raster versions of topographic maps (Ethiopia 1:250,000 scale; Burundi 1:50,000 scale; Haiti 1:25,000 scale; Paraguay 1:100,000 scale). 
New Data Sets in EVGeoCloud:  World Thematic Data Layers from DeAgostini
SimplyMap is a web-based mapping application that lets users quickly create thematic maps and reports using demographic, business, health and marketing data for the United States. Data can be exported as shapefiles and/or spreadsheets.

PolicyMap is a web-based online data and mapping application that provides access to over 15,000 indicators related to demographics, housing, crime, mortgages, health, jobs and more. Data is available at all common geographies (address, block group, census tract, zip code, county, city, state, MSA) as well as unique geographies like school districts and political boundaries. Data comes from both public and proprietary sources.

Allows quick and easy assessment, estimation, and visualization of demographic (age, race, sex) and socioeconomic characteristics and population data. Most data is available as a web application. Data is also available on disc in the Map Library.
Created by Queens College, City University of New York, and partnering with the University of Minnesota's own National Historical Geographic Information System, this subscription edition of Social Explorer offers the ability to create customized maps and reports of demographic, housing, and employment patterns throughout the United States using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

China Geo-Explorer II
China Geo-Explorer is an intelligence spatial data service offered by the University of Michigan China Data Center, in collaboration with the All China Market Research Co., Ltd and the State Key Laboratory for Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS) of Wuhan University. It offers China demographic and economic data, maps, charts and reports in the web-based delivery system. With this spatial intelligence, users are able to make rapid, accurate spatial decisions with greater confidence for regional planning, business investment, population, housing, environmental assessment, public health and many other spatial applications. Data sources in this database includes demographic and business information for all PRC geographies, including 31 Provinces, 345 Prefecture Cities, 2,873 Counties, and over 50,000 Townships.

SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a tool designed to help you create research projects and understand the methods behind them. SRMO's new taxonomy of over 1,400 unique methods terms links to authoritative content, including: Over 600 books; Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks; The entire "Little Green Book" and "Little Blue Book" series; Two major works collating a selection of journal articles; Newly commissioned videos.

Selected Recent Map & Atlas Acquisitions