Physical Anthropology & Primatology Research Guide: Data

Research guide for Physical Anthropology and Primatology

Data sources & sets

Biological & Primate Data/Sets:

GIS/GeoSpatial Data/Sets:

General/Other Data/Sets:

  • Forestry Inventory and Analysis National Program (USFS): Forest Inventory & Analysis data and tools.
  • ForesSTAT (UN FAO):Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN- statistics and data
  • Global Change Master Directory (NASA): A comprehensive directory of descriptions of data sets of elevance to global change research. This database includes descriptions of data sets covering climate change, agriculture, the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere & oceans, geology, geography, and human dimensions of global change.
  • LANDFIRE (USGS): is a program that provides over 20 national geo-spatial layers (e.g. vegetation, fuel, disturbance, etc.), databases, and ecological models that are available to the public for the US and insular areas.
  • Urban Forest Data (USDA/USFS): Links to various data sets and reports for urban forest data in the United States at the state level, county level, county subdivision level and local community or place level.
  • U.S. Government Open Data: Any number of dataset topics can be accessed. Geospatial, science & research, weather, climate, and ocean datasets may be of use.
  • USDA: United States Department of Agriculture data products/sets

Research Data Managment

Data Citations

Cite data to give the data producer proper credit and to enable readers of your work to access the data, for their own use, or to replicate your results. Whether citing data, or expecting others to cite your data make sure that the following elements are provided:

  • Creators
  • Date: year of publication rather than collection or coverage
  • Title
  • Version or edition
  • Publisher, data center or repository
  • Identifier and/or permanent URL


  • DataCite: how to cite data.
  • Data Citation Index: An index for research data, including data studies and data sets, and links them to the scientific literature to track data citation

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