World Countries - GIS Data

This section houses data and links for either individual countries other than the United States or for world wide coverages.

This section is constantly expanding as we add more storage space to WAGDA so check back if something listed here is not yet available.

  Russian Federation Data
  World Landsat Coverages
  World Tactical Pilotage Charts
  Various World Data

Afghanistan Data


Spatial Data with metadata in a variety of downloadable geospatial reference datasets relating to Afghanistane are available from the USGS.

China Data

China Earthquake Geospatial Research Portal

Provides gis data for analysis as well as a venue for sharing and distributing resources. Includes an online map server to visualize and share analyses, posts from the PAICE Mailing List (PAICE = Project for Assessing the Impact of the China Earthquake), and an online discussion forum.

Canadian GIS Resources

World Landsat Data UW Restricted

These data are hosted offline until we add enough storage capacity to the website. If you require access to these data, and you are a University of Washington student, staff, or faculty member, determine which tiles you need by referencing the indexes below, then contact for assistance. The projection and datum for each tile must be defined - the first number in the file name represents the UTM zone number (alternatively, check the metadata file .met - it can be viewed using a web browser).

World Elevation Data UW Restricted

World Data

World Vector Data UW Restricted

Here you will find various general vector coverages of the entire World (e.g. countries, administrative boundaries, cities, etc.) in shapefile format. These files are sourced from the ESRI Data and Maps CD/DVD set, and are therefore restricted to UW students, staff, and faculty.



The United Nations Spatial Data Infrastructure Netherlands Coordinating Office provides this searchable GeoPortal. Use to find interactive maps, GIS datasets, satellite imagery and related applications [951 datasets included when checked on 7/14/08]


UN Geo Data Portal

The United Nations Environment Programme Geo Data portal contains current and historical geospatial and attribute data for the world and for specific continents from a variety of data providers. At the top of the search box, select "More", and then under "All types of datasets" select "Geospatial datasets" to view just GIS data layers. Click on the red search button to generate a list of all geospatial layers. Datasets include administrative boundaries, land use and land cover, climate, pollution, and demography. Most of the datasets are vector, but some land use datasets and DEMs are in raster format. Datasets can be mapped online using an Internet map server, or can be downloaded in a variety of file formats including shapefiles, interchange files, and TIF images.


Conservation GeoPortal

" ... a data catalog, intended to provide a comprehensive listing of GIS data sets and map services relevant to biodiversity conservation."


China in Time and Space (CITAS)

CITAS is a project to create and maintain databases of spatially and temporally-referenced data on China. Data sets include vectorized base maps of China, georeferenced socioeconomic data, bibliographic resources and utilities for coding data of administrative units. View "CITAS Data" then "Data Inventory". Data sets are provided in ArcInfo interchange format, SPSS, or ASCII.



An environmental information portal for researching global topics. Select one of a number of environment topics, such as water resources, climate and atmosphere, population and health, energy resources, or agriculture and food. Then gather information from the searchable database, display data tables, view country profiles, or select maps with global, regional, and country-level environmental information. One-time, free registration required to access some data at this World Resources Institute site. Maps are pdf format. Tabular data can be used with shapefiles available elsewhere.


gData (Beta release)

Provides gis data layers for areas worldwide. Provided by the BioGeomancer project at UCBerkeley. The primary goal of the project is to maximize the quality and quantity of biodiversity data that can be mapped in support of scientific research, planning, conservation, and management.


Harmonized World Soil Database v 1.0

A 30 arc-second raster database with over 15000 different soil mapping units that combines existing regional and national updates of soil information worldwide (SOTER, ESD, Soil Map of China, WISE) with the information contained within the 1:5 000 000 scale FAO-UNESCO Soil Map of the World (FAO, 19711981).


VLIZ Maritime Boundaries Geodatabase

A database developed by the Flanders Marine Institute. The database includes two global GIS-layers: one contains polylines that represent the maritime boundaries of the world countries, the other is a polygon layer representing the Exclusive Economic Zone of countries. View the "Map Interface", "Search Database", or "Download" data.


Download data from NOBUS, a survey of Russian households produced by the World Bank in the Russian Federation specially designed to measure the efficiency of the national social assistance programs by means of estimating the impact of social benefits and privileges on household welfare.


Famine Early Warning Systems Network
"The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is an information system designed to identify problems in the food supply system that potentially lead to famine or other food-insecure conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, Afghanistan, Central America, and Haiti."

National and topical coverages vary so explore!


Boundaries for Individual Countries

Boundary files and data for specific countries are often produced by government agencies, non-profit organizations, or academic researchers, and can be uncovered via a targeted Internet search. Two examples include the Sudan Interagency Mapping project (a UN and non-profit venture) and the Georeferenced Population Data Sets of Mexico (hosted by CIESIN). Reference books like World Mapping Today are useful for identifying government agencies in different countries that produce cartographic and GIS projects for that country, which can help you create targeted Internet searches to locate online materials. An abbreviated list of agencies mentioned in the text is available online. Knowing the language of the country you are researching is not only helpful; it is often necessary.


In addition to searching the World Wide Web, try searching the UW Library catalog for datasets on CD-ROM. Try limiting your search by location to the Map Collection (for GIS boundaries) or Government Publications (for datasets).