Data - we all need it and there is so much we do not know about. Here’s a list with some resources for spatial data that I have used in my research. If you have further links to share, please drop me a mail and I will add it to the list. Thanks!


Geocoded Surveys

Geographic Variables

Country Shapes (including Admin-1 and -2)

Population Grid

Ethnic Maps Africa

Conflict Data

Satellite Imagery

Resources and Mining

Further Data Collections


R is a wonderful software and also extremely powerful when it comes to spatial data analysis. The main packages in R to get familiar with are ‘sp’ for vectorized representations of spatial data and ‘raster’ for spatial grids. But there is so much more and it is growing every day. Here are some links to tutorials to get you started with GIS in R: