What data is available on GeoQuery?

GeoQuery provides free and unlimited access to AidData's Geo Framework, allowing anyone to easily obtain customized datasets that fuse together georeferenced investment data with outcome measures from satellites, surveys, weather stations, and open-source, remotely-generated event data, including:

  • Aid: World Bank financed development projects, Chinese-financed development projects, country specfific datasets (e.g. Afghanistan, Nepal, etc.)
  • Population and the Environment: Population density, satellite imagery of vegetation, land cover, precipitation, slope, and elevation
  • Conflict: Georeferenced conflict events from media-based and third-party sources including UCDP and ACLED
  • Economic Development: Subnational measurements including GDP and high resolution satellite imagery of nighttime lights
  • Infrastructure Access: Distance to features such as roads and water, as well as travel time to population centers

GeoQuery — Built with AidData's Geo Framework

What other tools are available in AidData's Geo Framework?

Framework Overview

GeoQuery is built on AidData's Geo Framework, a flexible framework designed to run on William and Mary's High Performance Computing cluster, SciClone. The Geo Framework contains powerful core features, terabytes of spatial data, and supplemental tools for incorporating spatial data into research and analysis. This suite of resources has been designed to help policy analysts, program evaluators, and social scientists conduct rigorous analysis of development policies and programs.

Geo Framework resources include:

  • Easy access to spatial data via GeoQuery
  • On demand custom aid extractions (GeoQuery)
  • Quick start guides for popular programs such as R
  • Notes on best practices for modeling causal effects in spatial contexts (GeoMatch)
  • Techniques for handling spatial imprecision (GeoSIMEX)
  • Visualization Tools (GeoPortal)
  • Open Source License
GEO Framework

Creating the next generation of geospatial data, methods, and tools

With support from our partners, AidData is investing in the development of next-generation social, economic, environmental, and governance outcome measures that can be tracked over time and at high levels of spatial resolution. These measures include, among other things, satellite- and survey-based estimates of poverty, crop yields, citizen satisfaction with public services, and trust in political institutions. AidData is actively engaging with international development organizations to operationalize the use of these metrics across the programming life-cycle, including program design and placement, implementation monitoring, and ex post impact evaluation. Through collaboration with faculty and students at William and Mary, AidData is exploring cutting-edge methods and tools to overcome major challenges in geospatial analysis of development policies and programs such spatial spillover effects, incorporating spatial measurement imprecision, and identifying spatially heterogeneous impacts.