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ITC Research Data Management

Information on the implementation of the Data policy can be found here.

The Presentations of the ITC Data management policy seminar April 21st, 2017

  • Introduction : the need for data policy, by Alfred Stein
  • DANS : presenting EASY vs Dataverse, by Marion Wittenberg

Visit the University of Twente Data Management Page

List of useful Geospatial Data Portals  

The FAO GeoNetwork.
This portal contains global to regional scale data from administrative boundaries and agriculture to soils, population, land use, and water resources.
The Esri Living Atlas of the World
The Esri Living Atlas of the World is an expanding, curated set of data and maps on thousands of topics that can be used and also contributed to by the GIS community.
ESA Sentinel Online Data
The European Space Agency’s Sentinel Online data portal includes a wide variety of image-related data sets on the five themes of land, marine, atmosphere, emergency, and security
CIENSIS at Columbia University
CIESIN at Columbia University has been serving data for over 20 years on climate, population, soil, econonics, land use, biodiversity, and other themes, including its Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).
The Global Land Cover Facility
The Global Land Cover Facility at the University of Maryland remains one of the best and easiest to use sources and methods to obtain Landsat, MODIS, Aster, SRTM, and other satellite imagery.
The Atlas of the Biosphere
The Atlas of the Biosphere serves global data, largely in grid format, of human impact, land use, ecosystems, and water resources themes.
Natural Earth
Natural Earth is a public domain dataset at small scale (1:10,000,000, 1:50,000,000, and 1:110,000,000) for the globe, in vector and raster formats that are easily ingestible in GIS software.
World Resources Institute
The World Resources Institute hosts a variety of data geospatial data sets for specific areas of the world, such as Kenya and Uganda.
The GIS Data Depot
The GIS Data Depot from the GeoCommunity is one of the oldest data depositories, dating back to the 1990s, but still very useful for international and USA specific data on such themes as elevation, transportation, imagery, scanned topographic maps, and hydrography, many of which have been re-served from more-difficult-to-use government sites.
the project that creates and distributes free geographic data for the world. We started it because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive, or unexpected ways.
UNEP Environmental Data Explorer,
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.
TerraPopulus, Diva-GIS’s
IPUMS Terra integrates population and environmental data across disciplinary scientific domains, enabling research into dramatic transformations of human populations, the environment, and their interactions.

Kerski, J. (2017). A Top 10 List of Useful Geospatial Data Portals – Spatial Reserves. Accessed 13 April 2017