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Maps & Geospatial: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Resources to discover GIS data, learn about GIS, and provide references for research.

GIS Specialist

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Tara Anthony
Expected FMLA leave ~ Early June - Aug
1A Central Pattee Library

Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information


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Historical Boundaries of India 1951-2011 Infomap Data

This data includes map boundaries (shapefile) and tabular census data for the state and districts of India for the following years: 1951, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, 2011. This data is for Penn State affiliates only. 
Please contact for access to data.


World: LandScan Additional Resources

World: Digital Chart of the World and VMap data

The Penn State University Libraries no longer maintains Digital Chart of the World (DCW); however, an archived version and alternate alternative products are available below.  

The Digital Chart of the World is a comprehensive 1:1,000,000 scale vector basemap of the world, which was originally created from U.S. Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) data of aeronautical charts. Thematic layers include roads, populated places, land cover, and vegetation.

Alternative sources of vector geospatial data