TerraPop Web site, email lists now available

The Web site is now available for the Terra Populus project, a collaboration between the Minnesota Population Center, ICPSR, and several other institutions. The project, funded by the National Science Foundation's DataNet initiative, integrates, disseminates, and preserves data describing changes in population and the environment.

TerraPop will integrate two centuries of census data with global environmental data to create new opportunities for understanding the relationship between population and the environment on a global scale.

People interested in receiving updates on the project can sign up for an email list. The list also provides an option for joining the TerraPop development community, which involves providing occasional feedback through surveys and the opportunity to test the prototype system.

ICPSR's role in TerraPop is to develop a plan for preserving the data that reflects current standards and practices.

The Minnesota Population Center is leading 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.