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GIS for Earth: World

A compendium of data links and library resources relating to GIS for planet Earth

World Data

WorldMap at Harvard 
Download country level data for any country in the world: administrative boundaries (both national and internal), roads, railroads, altitude, land cover, population density.
The Environmental Data Explorer is the authoritative source for data sets used by UNEP and its partners in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report and other integrated environment assessments. Its online database holds more than 500 different variables, as national, subregional, regional and global statistics or as geospatial data sets (maps), covering themes like Freshwater, Population, Forests, Emissions, Climate, Disasters, Health and GDP. Display them on-the-fly as maps, graphs, data tables or download the data in different formats.
Global Elections Database provides information on the results of both national and subnational elections around the world. These data are presented at two levels of analysis, allowing users to quickly identify the results of elections within a country as a whole or within particular constituencies or districts of a country. All parties areincluded in the database regardless of the number of votes that they won. The data are based on countries' official election results and have been amassed from various government institutions.
IOBIS  is one of the most comprehensive gateway to the world’s ocean biodiversity and biogeographic data and information required to address pressing coastal and world ocean concerns; and facilitates free and open access to, and application of, biodiversity and biogeographic data and information on marine life.
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