IPUMS IHGIS - Population and Agricultural Census Data from Around the World

Authors: Tracy Kugler*, IPUMS
Topics: Population Geography, Agricultural Geography
Keywords: Census data, Population, Agriculture, Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, Oceania
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Virtual 20
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The newest IPUMS project, the International Historical Geographic Information System (IHGIS), assembles published data tables from population and agricultural censuses around the world and makes them available through a unified data access system in a consistent structure with high-quality metadata. To make IHGIS possible, we have developed a workflow and supporting software tools to transform data tables from the highly heterogeneous structures in which they are published into a consistent structure suited for data analysis. We also capture metadata describing the tables, variables, and geographic units and organize them into a coherent database. The IHGIS data access system enables users to select tables of interest and obtain customized data extracts including the selected tables and accompanying metadata. GIS boundary files representing the units described in the tables are also available. IHGIS will facilitate spatial research on population characteristics, demographics, education, employment, crop production, farm structure, and more in countries throughout the world. Like all IPUMS projects, IHGIS data are available free of charge.

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