Political Geography of Child Malnutrition in India

CGA consolidated (more than 600,000) of India’s districts, sub-districts and villages against assembly constituencies and parliamentary constituencies, then proportionally distributed and aggregated area and population across different data layers.

The resulting datasets was used to combine and analyze health data at the village, sub-district, or district level with voting data at the AC and PC level.

Investigator:  S V Subramanian, Social and Behavioral Science, HSPH

Research Staff:  Jeff Blossom, Lex Berman, Xiuyuan Zhang


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U.S. Air Pollution Modeling

CGA created maps that display PM 2.5 and Ozone for the US by County from 2000 - 2012, which involved cross-tabulation of monitoring sites within  county boundaries.

Investigators:  Francesca Dominici and Christine Choirat, Department of Biostatistics, HSPH

Research Staff:  Fei Carnes, Jeff Blossom


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Out of Eden Walk

The Out of Eden Walk is a 21,000-mile journalistic endeavor to create a global record of human life at the start of a new millennium as told by villagers, nomads, traders, farmers, soldiers, and artists who rarely make the news.  Sponsored and hosted by National Geographic Society...

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WorldMap / Dataverse Integration

Dataverse and WorldMap have been integrated by adding APIs to both systems (Funded by the Boston Research Initiative)

Three types of Dataverse file:

  • Tables with columns containing latitude and longitude
  • Tables with a column of known codes which represent geometries, i.e.  Zip, Census, FIPs, etc.
  • Files of type “shapefile”, zip compressed.

For each of the 3 types one can:

  • Create data-driven map symbolization options
  • Obtain downloads in variety of spatial formats
  • ...
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OmniSci (formerly MapD) - explore the power of GPUs in spatiotemporal analytics

Funded by OmniSci Technologies, LLC. as a member of the I/UCRC Spatiotemporal Innovation Center
Can be hosted on Amazon AWS, Mass Open Cloud, or MapD Cloud

Use cases:

  • Improving access to hydrological models used in water management and public safety
  • Analyzing how political partisanship affects the geographic sorting of voters


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1947 India Partition Map

CGA staff created maps and videos related to the 1947 British Partition of India for presentation at the World Economic Forum, 2017.

Investigators:  Meena Hewett and Tarun Khanna, South Asia Institute, FAS

India Partition 1947 Map