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GIS Data & Maps: Asia

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ACASIAN – Australian Centre of the Asian Spatial Information and Analysis Network. GIS databases for Asia, former Soviet Union

ReliefWeb – reference and thematic maps concerning current and past humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters.

By Country


Afghanistan Information Management Service – maps of Afghanistan, provided by a national, independent, non-governmental organization.


China Data Center (U.Mich) – historical, social and natural science data about China.

China Historical GIS (Harvard) — a database of populated places and historical administrative units for the period of Chinese history between 221 BCE and 1911 CE. CHGIS provides a base GIS platform for researchers to use in spatial analysis, temporal statistical modeling, and representation of selected historical units as digital maps.

China (via CIESIN)– a variety of socioeconomic data, including Geographic Information System (GIS) databases that cover the administrative regions of China, presented at a scale of 1:1,000,000. These databases may be integrated with agricultural, land use, environmental, and socioeconomic data to track China’s economic growth, population increases, and environmental change.

CITAS, China in Time and Space – capable of reconstructing Chinese administrative geography for specific historical dates, and can compare spatial data at two points in time, whether over years or over centuries


Digital South Asia Library — historic maps of India

Maps of India – political, physical, outline, world, and city maps of India.


Japan Geographical Survey Institute — conducts basic survey and mapping and instructs related organizations to clarify the conditions of land in Japan.

Japanese Historical Maps – The Japanese Historical Maps Collection of the East Asian Library contains about 2,300 early maps of Japan and the World. The maps were selected by Yuki Ishimatsu, Head of Japanese Collections at the East Asian Library, and scanned and put online by David Rumsey and Cartography Associates.


19th century Formosa — a large body of primarily European and American images of the island of Taiwan — called “Formosa” by foreign visitors in the 19th Century — and its various peoples. These textual representations, woodcuts, maps, and linguistic data were originally published in European and North American books and journals during the 19th century; full texts of travelogues, reports, ethnographies and general surveys can be accessed from the Texts component of the library or selectively analyzed with the Search engine; island-wide and locality Maps are available for exploring topographical, ethnological, geological or geographical questions.