ICPSR partners with University of Minnesota on Terra Populus project

ICPSR, the University of Minnesota, and several other organizations are joining together in a project called “Terra Populus: A Global Population / Environment Data Network” that will integrate two centuries of census data with global environmental data.

The project, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure, is meant to create new opportunities for understanding the relationship of population and the environment on a global scale by integrating newly available population data with environmental information such as ground cover, land use, and climate records. The new data will be disseminated to researchers around the world.

ICPSR’s role in the project is to help develop a plan to preserve the data that reflects current standards and practices. ICPSR Director George Alter serves on TerraPop's Sustainability Advisory Committee. ICPSR Digital Preservation Director Nancy McGovern is also working on the project.

The Minnesota Population Center will lead the project with support from the Institute on the Environment, the University of Minnesota Libraries and faculty from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Engineering. The Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University is also a partner in the project. ICPSR Council member Catherine Fitch is leading the project at Minnesota.