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Geographic Information System (GIS) and Public Participation GIS (PPGIS)

The Biogeography & Conservation Lab's research programme is a specific Natural History Museum (NHM) response to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the lab is now an active partner in many national and international biodiversity initiatives. Its mission is to develop and apply appropriate, explicit and accountable methods to tackle problems in biogeography and in biodiversity assessment to meet conservation needs at any spatial scale (it does not provide data). The lab developed Worldmap, an easy-to-use software for exploring geographical patterns in diversity, rarity and conservation priorities from large biological datasets.

UNEP Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP/RRC.AP) has three components implemented namely: Assessment and Reporting, Capacity Building and Servicing and Data Management. Core datasets of both bio-physical and socio-economic data at varying scales and at different levels are being completed.

UNEP's GRID-Arendal's Online GIS and Map and Graphics Database offers a free collection of maps, graphics and diagrams, illustrating environmental issues. These images are produced using desktop publication software such as Freehand, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw , etc. Images are available in various format: *.GIF, *.JPG, *.EPS *.AI, etc.

MapCruzin
is dedicated to providing the data, tools, knowledge, and expertise that will help tribes, governments, community groups, and businesses communicate the various facets of environmental, health and social problems, solutions, and achievements in such a way that they educate, raise community awareness, and facilitate networking. Free downloads.

Participatory Avenues promotes - within the context of natural resource and protected area management - the diffusion of Participatory 3D Modeling (P3DM) as best practice for merging people's knowledge and traditional spatial information. The Web site acts as focal point for sharing information and technical progress on community-based mapping and Public Participation GIS (PPGIS).

The Australian Centre of the Asian Spatial Information and Analysis Network (ACASIAN) is an academic and applied research institution specializing in GIS databases for Asia and the former Soviet Union. ACASIAN licenses its spatial data sets for academic research and commercial purposes and is eager to explore opportunities for collaborative research with institutions and individual scholars who are interested in using our spatial data products for mutually beneficial projects.

A key objective of GISS research the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies is the prediction of atmospheric and climate changes in the 21st century. The research combines analysis of comprehensive global datasets, derived mainly from spacecraft observations, with global models of atmospheric, land surface, and oceanic processes.

The Global Change Data Information System (GCDIS) provides a continuously updated list of global change-related data sets including those from the U.S. Global Change Research Program

The Global Land Cover Facility (GLCF) of the University of Maryland makes available to the public a variety of Earth science data products including satellite imagery of the Earth, classified images of the Earth's land cover, coastal marsh health data, tropical deforestation maps, and much more

The GIS Data Depot is the place where one can access free downloads of geospatial data including over 46,000 24K, 25K, 63K, 100k AND 250k USGS DRGs. You'll also find loads of DOQQ, DEM, NWI, DTED, and DCW data!

The Department of Geology and Planetary Sciences, University of Pittsburgh provides access to selected GIS WWW Resources (Stanford University Earth Sciences Library Page) where one can find a listing of different GIS Resources divided into different topics.

The Pennsylvania State University hosts a wealth of information on spatial information

Digital Chart of the World (DCW) allows you to download the boundaries and layers of different countries, in Arc/INFO export format, from ESRI's Digital Chart of the World data set.

The Internet Resources for Geographers hosts a listing of different GIS Resources divided into different topics.

The Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center (EDC) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) have been established as part of NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) Data and Information System (EOSDIS) initiative to process, archive, and distribute land-related data collected by EOS sensors, thereby promoting the interdisciplinary study and understanding of the integrated Earth system. The EDC DAAC role subsequently was expanded to include processing and distribution responsibilities related to Landsat 7 data.

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