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Posted April 17, 2024. 

Today marks the launch of the Subnational Geospatial Data Archive (SUNGEO) project, a set of tools that will improve research involving sub-national data in order to bolster knowledge of how societies develop, prosper, and change.

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, SUNGEO offers data on demography, politics, climate, violence, public health, weather, and terrain at a variety of geographic scales.   It offers innovative tools to integrate spatially-misaligned data. The tools have been designed for researchers and analysts wishing to assess values of and relationships among variables across data sources, scales, integration methods, and geographic/historical contexts.

The tools made available enable systematic, rigorous, transparent and reproducible approaches to create new datasets and account for differences in measurement, unit-levels, and primary sources during analyses.

SUNGEO has both a user-friendly web interface, and an R-package on CRAN.  Explore the beta website at as the 2.0 launch is underway.

The principal investigators on the project are CPS Director Ken Kollman and Yuri Zhukov. The project team includes Julia Lippman, Christopher Fariss, Robert Franzese, Allen Hicken, Brian Min, Anne Pitcher, Yuki Shiraito, and Walter Mebane— all CPS faculty– as well as David Backer of the University of Maryland.

SUNGEO inclues projects on violence and protest, the invasion in Ukraine, historical GIS boundaries, and vaccine hesitancy.