Data Repositories

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This page provides links to potential data sources for MapStorytelling. Here's a video with more explanation:

Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) at Columbia University

Hosts open data sets on the spatial distribution of poverty and the geographic and biophysical conditions of where the poor live.


Adherents is a growing collection of over 43,870 adherent statistics and religious geography citations: references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns, etc.

Natural Earth Data

Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales. Featuring tightly integrated vector and raster data, with Natural Earth you can make a variety of visually pleasing, well-crafted maps with cartography or GIS software.


Ethnologue contains information on 7,105 known living languages.

International Aid Transparency Initiative

An inventory of raw data focused on international aid transparency in XML format.

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

IHME plays host to the GHDx, a catalog of demographic and health data.

United Nations Development Program

The UNDP open data portal presents detailed information on the UNDP’s 6,000+ development projects in 177 countries and territories worldwide.

World Bank

Home base for open data from the World Bank.

Where's George?

A spatial dataset tracking US dollar bills.

Open Budget Survey

A comprehensive analysis and survey that evaluates whether governments give the public access to budget information and opportunities to participate in the budget process at the national level.

Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative

Country-level open data on resource extraction.