Surveying User Satisfaction: The NASA DAAC Experience

EOSDIS Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs)

In this blog post for the International Council for Science (ICSU) World Data System (WDS), Alex de Sherbinin, CIESIN associate director for science applications and a member of the WDS Scientific Committee, describes how the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey is an important performance metric for the NASA Distributed Active Archive Centers, of which SEDAC is one.

State of the Map 2015 in NYC

State of the Map 2015 in NYC

OpenStreetMap has had impressive growth in coverage and detail in the decade since its launch, and is increasingly being seen as an authoritative data source, much as Wikipedia has rivaled traditional encyclopedias for content and currency.

Critical Role for Geospatial Data in Advancing Sustainable Development Goals

Critical Role for Geospatial Data in Advancing Sustainable Development Goals

A recent report coordinated by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network estimates the world will need to spend roughly $1 billion a year to sustain and enhance the statistical systems.

Fragile States Use Geospatial Data and Maps to Better Manage Natural Resources

Fragile States Use Geospatial Data and Maps to Better Manage Natural Resources

A new Web-based mapping platform that integrates the Global Population of the World data may help G7+ states manage these resources strategically and sustainably, to accelerate growth and development.

Science Journalists and the Data Revolution

Science Journalists and the Data Revolution

The data revolution and the promise and limitations of Big Data.

Remote Data Team Helped Put Haiti Back on the Map

Haiti Earthquake

When the earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, much of the little data that existed was destroyed. A team at Tufts University went into action, and from afar, helped build updated maps of roads and earthquake damage to help humanitarian organizations deal with the crisis.

Teen Literacy in Nigeria is Lower in the North

Teen Literacy in Nigeria is Lower in the North

In Nigeria, differences in adolescent literacy rates between states are striking—higher in the South and lower in the Northeast.

Mobile Maps Help Haitians Locate Government Offices

Mobile Maps Help Haitians Locate Government Offices

Thanks to a collaboration between the Earth Institute and Haiti’s government, a registry of every government office is accessible online and via mobile devices.

In Haiti, Exploring What Drives People to Alter the Landscape

In Haiti, Exploring What Drives People to Alter the Landscape

Studying the Pedernales Watershed, located along Haiti’s southern national boundary with the Dominican Republic, may provide insights into the stark contrast in land cover patterns between the two countries.

IPCC Says Managing Risks of Climate Change is Critical

IPCC Says Managing Risks of Climate Change is Critical

Among the key findings of the WGII AR5 Report chapter on human security, a topic highlighted in the Report for the first time, is that societies in conflict are more vulnerable to climate change.

A Spatial Analysis of the 2008 Itajaí River Valley Disaster

A Spatial Analysis of the 2008 Itajaí River Valley Disaster

Biophysical and socioeconomic risk factors—such as terrain, population distribution, settlement patterns, poverty, and governance—can combine to produce high levels of vulnerability to heavy rainfall, flooding, and landslides.

Mekong Delta and Three Gorges Dam: World’s First Climate Change Resettlements?

mekong delta

Many resettlers are economically better off, but the dislocations remain significant.