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Darfur Damaged and Destroyed Villages, Updated December 2010

The Darfur Damaged and Destroyed Villages dataset describes the condition of villages in the Darfur region of Sudan that the U.S. Government has confirmed as either damaged or destroyed between the time period February 2003 to December 2010. Additionally, villages the are confirmed to have No Damage are also reported.

Project: Conflict Without Borders
Region: Africa
Theme: Conflict; Population at Risk


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Detailed World Polygons (LSIB) - Americas - March 2013

The Office of the Geographer’s Large Scale International Boundary Lines and World Vector Shorelines (LSIB-WVS) polygon file combines two data sets. The LSIB is believed to be the most accurate worldwide (non- Europe, non-US) international boundary vector line file available. The lines reflect U.S. government (USG) policy and thus not necessarily de facto control. The 1:250,000 scale World Vector Shoreline (WVS) coastline data is generally shifted by several hundred meters to over a km. There are no restrictions on use of this public domain data.

Project: LSIB
Region: Global


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Detailed World Polygons (LSIB) - Eurasia/Africa - March 2013

The Office of the Geographer’s Large Scale International Boundary Lines and World Vector Shorelines (LSIB-WVS) polygon file combines two data sets. The LSIB is believed to be the most accurate worldwide (non- Europe, non-US) international boundary vector line file available. The lines reflect U.S. government (USG) policy and thus not necessarily de facto control. The 1:250,000 scale World Vector Shoreline (WVS) coastline data is generally shifted by several hundred meters to over a km. There are no restrictions on use of this public domain data.

Project: LSIB
Region: Global


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Large Scale International Boundaries (LSIB), Africa and Americas, Updated July 2013

The Large Scale International Boundaries (LSIB) is in WGS84 datum and is generally accurate to within a couple hundred meters or better. The boundary research and “recovery”of the delineation of the line has been done over past decades by geographers at State and colleagues from other USG agencies and the UK. It is based on modern imagery, elevation data, relevant maps, treaties, international arbitration and court rulings, data from national mapping agencies and boundary commissions if available, and other sources.

Project: LSIB
Region: Global


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Large Scale International Boundaries (LSIB), AFRICA and the AMERICAS - September 2012

From the Department of State’s Office of the Geographer (INR/GGI), the LSIB is believed to be the most accurate available worldwide international boundary vector line file. The lines reflect U.S. government (USG) policy and thus not necessarily de facto control. The LSIB has no known errors in boundary location of over 4 km, and is generally accurate to within a kilometer or less. The boundary line depiction research (“recovery” of the authoritative location of the line) has been done over the past decade or so by geographers at the State Department and colleagues from other agencies, and is based on modern imagery, elevation data, relevant maps, treaties, international arbitration and court rulings, and other sources. The LSIB is frequently updated.

Project: LSIB
Region: Global


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Large Scale International Boundaries (LSIB), EURASIA - September 2012

From the Department of State’s Office of the Geographer (INR/GGI), the LSIB is believed to be the most accurate available worldwide international boundary vector line file. The lines reflect U.S. government (USG) policy and thus not necessarily de facto control. The LSIB has no known errors in boundary location of over 4 km, and is generally accurate to within a kilometer or less. The boundary line depiction research (“recovery” of the authoritative location of the line) has been done over the past decade or so by geographers at the State Department and colleagues from other agencies, and is based on modern imagery, elevation data, relevant maps, treaties, international arbitration and court rulings, and other sources. The LSIB is frequently updated.

Project: LSIB
Region: Global


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Large Scale International Boundaries (LSIB), Eurasia, Updated July 2013

The Large Scale International Boundaries (LSIB) is in WGS84 datum and is generally accurate to within a couple hundred meters or better. The boundary research and “recovery”of the delineation of the line has been done over past decades by geographers at State and colleagues from other USG agencies and the UK. It is based on modern imagery, elevation data, relevant maps, treaties, international arbitration and court rulings, data from national mapping agencies and boundary commissions if available, and other sources.

Project: LSIB
Region: Global


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Simplified Shoreline - March 2013

These boundary lines were derived from the 2013 World Polygon simplified dataset. The Office of the Geographer’s Large Scale International Boundary Lines and World Vector Shorelines (LSIB-WVS) polygon file combines two data sets. The LSIB is believed to be the most accurate worldwide (non- Europe, non-US) international boundary vector line file available. The lines reflect U.S. government (USG) policy and thus not necessarily de facto control. The 1:250,000 scale World Vector Shoreline (WVS) coastline data is generally shifted by several hundred meters to over a km. To simplify the polygons, the Simplify Polygon tool was used, using the Bend Simplify algorithm with a maximum allowable offset of 3 miles. Topology was then corrected for any errors produced by the simplification process. There are no restrictions on use of this public domain data.

Project: LSIb
Region: Global


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Simplified World Polygons (LSIB) - March 2013

The Office of the Geographer’s Large Scale International Boundary Lines and World Vector Shorelines (LSIB-WVS) polygon file combines two data sets. The LSIB is believed to be the most accurate worldwide (non- Europe, non-US) international boundary vector line file available. The lines reflect U.S. government (USG) policy and thus not necessarily de facto control. The 1:250,000 scale World Vector Shoreline (WVS) coastline data is generally shifted by several hundred meters to over a km. To simplify the polygons, the Simplify Polygon tool was used, using the Bend Simplify algorithm with a maximum allowable offset of 3 miles. Topology was then corrected for any errors produced by the simplification process. There are no restrictions on use of this public domain data.

Project: LSIB
Region: Global


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Syria Border Crossings, Updated March 12, 2014

The "Syria Border Crossings" dataset contains verified data about the geographic location (point geometry) and name of border crossings for Syria. Compiled by the U.S. Department of State, Humanitarian Information Unit (INR/GGI/HIU), each attribute in the dataset is verified against multiple sources. Locations are only accurate down to the city level. The data contained herein is entirely unclassified and is current as of 12 March 2014. The data is updated as needed.

Project: Border Crossings
Region: Middle East


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Syria Cultural Sites - May 2013

The Syria Cultural Sites dataset contains geographic location (point geometry), name, type, and area name of over 1000 cultural heritage sites and museums in Syria compiled by the Cultural Heritage Center, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State as of Spring 2013. The sites are categorized by type, which include but not limited to, archaelogical sites, roman ruins, mosques, schools, churches, cemetaries, and towns. The data contained herein is entirely unclassified.

Project: Cultural Sites
Region: Middle East


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Syria IDP Camps and Locations, Updated September 23, 2013

The "Syria IDP Locations" dataset is compiled by the U.S. Department of State, Humanitarian Information Unit (INR/GGI/HIU). This dataset contains open source derived data about the geographic locations (point geometry) of identified tent camps and other locations, such as collective centers, schools, mosques, sports facilities, host families, etc. in towns inside Syria where displacement has taken place. Sources of this information include the United Nations, the Assistance Coordination Unit, the Syria Needs Assessment Project, NGOs, and media reports. Location coordinates are at the city level and are plotted using the Syria P-Code system (http://www.mapaction.org/map-catalogue/mapdetail/2753.html) and NGA GeoNames (http://earth-info.nga.mil/gns/html) datasets. The field "PCode" is a combination of the all the administrative level and community level P-Codes for a specific location. Camp locations are verified using high-resolutions commercial satellite imagery. In the "IDP_TYPE" field "Location" refers to general areas of reported IDP presence, "Camp" refers to informal or formal settlements for specific IDP use, and "Pal Camp" refers to Palestinian refugee camps that existed before the start of the conflict. In addition to Syrian IDP camps and locations, the Palestinian camps are plotted based on verified data from the U.N. Relief Works Agency (UNRWA). This dataset will be updated as needed and is current as of September 23, 2013.

Project: IDP Database
Region: Middle East
Theme: Population at Risk


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Syria Refugee Camps, Updated March 12, 2014

The "Syria Refugee Camps" dataset contains verified data about the geographic location (point geometry), name, and operational status of refugee camps hosting Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq. Only refugee camps operated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or the Government of Turkey are included. Compiled by the U.S Department of State, Humanitarian Information Unit (INR/GGI/HIU), each attribute in the dataset (including name, location, and status) is verified against multiple sources. The name and status are obtained from the UNHCR data portal (accessible at http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/regional.php). The locations are obtained from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's GEOnet Names Server (GNS) (accessible at http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmagaz/). The name and status for each refugee camp is verified with PRM. Locations are verified using high-resolution commercial satellite imagery and/or known areas of population. Additionally, all data is checked against various news sources. Locations are only accurate down to the city level. The designation field gives the type of site and the status of the site. Sites can be "Official Camps", camp settlements that are officially established and maintained by the United Nations or host country. Sites can also be "Transitional Camps", which is a typical camp structure but designed to be temporary or used on as needed basis. There can also be "Transitional Facilities"; these are facilities that are being used to temporarily house refugees. There can also be other sites such as host families or facilities, or other accommodations. Status of these sites can be Planned, Under Construction, Staged, Open, or Closed. The data contained herein is entirely unclassified and is current as of 12 March 2014. The data is updated as needed.

Project: Refugee Database
Region: Middle East
Theme: Population at Risk


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U.S. Department of State's Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU) - Daily Humanitarian News Brief, Updated July 2013

The Daily Humanitarian News Brief (DHNB) is a collection of selected humanitarian news stories compiled daily by the Humanitarian Information Unit of the U.S. Department of State. The DHNB database contains links to the maps, reports, news articles, photos, and videos compiled from a range of news outlets. The entire database is available for download in Microsoft Excel (.xls) and Comma-Separated Values (.csv).  The DHNB is a global database that includes specific information on the article’s website region, country, placename, latitude, and longitude.  Additionally, each entry is tagged using a humanitarian data model developed at the HIU, the individual categories include: Conflict, Disaster, Emergency Hazard, Health, Mitigation, Population at Risk, Preparation, Prevention, Reconstructions, Recovery, and Relief. This version of the DHNB contains entries for the time period between, June 3, 2011 and July 01, 2013.

Project: DHNB
Region: Global


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U.S. Department of State's Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU) - Refugee Database, Updated January 2012

The HoA Refugee Database, produced by the Humanitarian Information Unit of the U.S. Department of State, is a compilation of the UN High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) population and demographic data reports for refugee camp populations in the Horn of Africa Region. Dadaab Camp in Kenya and Dollo Ado camp of Ethiopia are the focus; there are seven sites within Dadaab: Dagahaley Camp, Hagadera Camp, Ifo Camp, Ifo 2 East Camp, Ifo 2 West Camp, and Camp Kambioos, and five sites within Dollo Ado: Bokolmanyo Camp, Melkadida Camp, Kobe Camp, Hilaweyn Camp, and Buramino Camp. The entire HoA Refugee Database is available for download in both Microsoft Excel (.xls) and Comma-Separated Values (.csv). The HoA Refugee Database originated in July of 2011 and the current release is through December 2011. The HoA Refugee Database several demographic variables of populations within the refugee camps, including: individual population, household counts, gender, age and nationality. Geographic location, in the form of latitude and longitude coordinates, are provided for each of the camps.

Project: Refugee Database
Region: Africa
Theme: Population at Risk


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U.S. Department of State's Office of the Geographer (INR/GGI) - Small Scale International Boundaries (SSIB), Updated December 2011

Available from the Department of State’s Office of the Geographer (INR/GGI), the SSIB is a 9mb (4mb compressed) generalized version of what is believed to be the most accurate worldwide (non- Europe, non-US) international boundary vector line file available, the LSIB. The lines reflect U.S. government (USG) policy and thus not necessarily de facto control. There are no restrictions on public use of this data. The SSIB is in WGS84 datum and is never more than a hundred meters displaced from the LSIB. The boundary line depiction research and “recovery” of the authoritative location of the line has been done over past decades by geographers at State and colleagues from other USG agencies and the UK. It is based on modern imagery, elevation data, relevant maps, treaties, international arbitration and court rulings, and other sources. Most DoS boundary-by-boundary studies from the 1960’s and ‘70’s are posted at www.law.fsu.edu/library/collection/LimitsinSeas. The SSIB is regularly updated, most recently, in Dec. 2011 with SSIB12. Less attention has been given to lines for most of Europe and the U.S. due to their availability in other accurate sources. Some sub-Saharan Africa lines and northern Argentina are still in work and may have delineations off by up to four km.

Project: SSIB
Region: Global


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World Country Points

This shapefile provides a single point for every country and its associated land artifacts that are included in the World Polygon datasets. In the majority of cases the point is the centroid of the polygon. In the cases where the centroid fell outside of the polygon, a point was chosen that was inside the polygon. This allows for location based spatial analysis and comparisons. The Office of the Geographer’s Large Scale International Boundary Lines and World Vector Shorelines (LSIB-WVS) polygon file combines two data sets. The LSIB is believed to be the most accurate worldwide (non- Europe, non-US) international boundary vector line file available. The lines reflect U.S. government (USG) policy and thus not necessarily de facto control. The 1:250,000 scale World Vector Shoreline (WVS) coastline data is generally shifted by several hundred meters to over a km. There are no restrictions on use of this public domain data.

Project: LSIB
Region: Global


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