Global Census Archive

In the first offering of its kind, East View presents the Global Census Archive® (GCA), an innovative program to collect officially published materials related to censuses from around the world.

Since launching the inaugural Latin America Census Collection in 2018, East View has been working to collect hundreds of censuses and thousands of related volumes and materials from around the world.

The Global Census Archive offers a robust resource for scholars and analysts to find current and historic census data, including all available GIS data and published content that accompanies the release of a census.

Making Information Accessible


When initially acquired, census data is stored in a complex database structure, limiting access to those with significant database management and programming experience, not to mention knowledge of the language in which the census was conducted.

East View simplifies access – for each country, official census outputs are analyzed and reviewed through an 18-step process to ensure consistent data formats resulting in easy-to-use geodatabases that are easily navigated and uniform across all countries, including English translation of all headers, etc. In addition, East View produces a comprehensive Census Guide for each country that details how the data is organized, how to search for specific information, and how to visualize the data using a variety of GIS and data visualization software.

GCA Deliverables


GIS Census products include:

  • Geodatabase
    • Intuitive organization of census data
    • Administrative boundary vector data
  • Shapefiles
    • All vector and census data in ESRI Shapefile format
  • Census Guide
    • Detailed instructions on how to query and visualize data
    • Detailed descriptions of census variables
  • Original Census Documentation
    • Delivered in native format
    • Census questionnaires
  • Metadata
    • Full attribute level metadata in FGDC ISO format

Data That Grows With You


We understand the needs of your organization change over time. Census collections will continue to grow as new data is acquired and made available. In addition, as new datasets are added to our global census collection, enhancements will be made to the mechanics and user interface of all participating datasets. East View Geospatial will provide updates that leverage these enhancements to you at no further cost providing you with ongoing value for your purchased collections.

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