Project Ideas and Data Sources

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If you'd like to get started, but don't have a project in mind, here you can find a running list of project ideas and data sources that we would love to see someone dig into!


Project Ideas[edit]

We actually use a Github repository to manage the list of Project Ideas. Using Github allows us to assign tags to projects, and track their progress in a Waffle board. If you have an idea you want to add, just create a ticket. Or, if you want to take on a project, just assign it to yourself and track your progress in the Waffle board! Its a good idea to publish a quick Journal article or send out a quick Tweet to let everyone that you're diving in!


Data Sources[edit]

More and more open data is becoming available every day that needs to be looked at, cleaned, and loaded up into MapStory. Here is a running list of data sources that we'd love to see people investigate. If you know of more data sources, please add them to the list! Again, if you decide to dig into one of these sources, its a good idea to publish a quick Journal article or send out a quick Tweet to let everyone else know. Maybe someone will want to help you! Remember to follow good Metadata Standards when uploading data into MapStory and always keep in mind the Core Values


Data Source Description Link
SEDAC SEDAC is a data center at Columbia University that curates sociocultural and environmental data. SEDAC
Adherents 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. Adherents
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. Natural Earth Data
Ethnologue Ethnologue contains information on 7,105 known living languages. Ethnologue
International Aid Transparency Initiative An inventory of raw data focused on international aid transparency in XML format. International Aid Transparency Initiative
Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation An inventory of raw data focused on international aid transparency in XML format. Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation An inventory of raw data focused on international aid transparency in XML format. Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
UNDP Open Data Portal The UNDP open data portal presents detailed information on the UNDP’s 6,000+ development projects in 177 countries and territories worldwide. United Nations Development Program
World Bank Data Portal This is the home base for open data shared by the World Bank World Bank
Where's George? A spatial dataset tracking US dollar bills. Where's George?
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. Open Budget Survey
Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative Country-level open data on resource extraction. Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative
National Phenology Network Database of plant and animal phenology information run by the USGS National Phenology Network
GIS Inventory Data repository run by the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) that tracks data availability and the status of geographic information system (GIS) implementation in state and local governments GIS Inventory