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World Data Center for Geography

World Data Center for Geography was established in 2011 in the framework of the interdisciplinary structure – world data systems – to ensure gathering, processing and conversion of data and to solve fundamental and applied problems in the sphere of geographical sciences. World Data Systems functions under the sponsorship of the International Council for Science – ICSU since 1956 (until 2008 in the form of two structures - World Data Centers and the Federation of Astronomical and Geophysical Data Analysis Services).
Regular Member of WDS - November 2012
Center director – Professor Tikunov V. S., Doctor of Geography.

Research staff

V.S. Tikunov, professor (geographic information systems, mathematics-cartographic modeling, social and economic mapping), Doctor of Geography.

Leading research assistant:
T.S.Nokelaynen, (social and economic maps and atlases, geographic information systems, digital cartography), PhD.

Senior research assistants:
I.N.Rubanov (socio-economic world geography, agriculture geography), PhD;
I.A.Rylsky (remote sensing, laser scanning, aerial photography, tracing optimization, virtual modeling), PhD.

Research assistant:
┼.N. Eremchenko (GIS, mathematical modeling, network technology).

Leading engineers:
N.N. Talskaya (small-scale complex mapping), PhD;
V.M. Yablokov (complex thematic mapping);
T.A. Khomutova (complex mapping and design).

Fields of Research

- Obtain, store, process, analyze and provide access to scientific spatial data for the realization of research, education and administration; -
- Information and reference support for archives and databases; creation and actualization of inventory catalogs, formation of metadata in the sphere of geography;
- Design new methods of spatial analysis and modeling, and multimedia mapping, etc.;
- Develop complex indicators and scenarios of territories’ sustainable development;
- Design atlas information systems of natural resources and ecological, socio-demographic and economic contents (global, national and regional levels);
- Develop distance education models;
- Adapt international courses for Russian circumstances; carry out scholastic seminars and conferences with a wide attraction of foreign scientists, etc.


Available cartographic data

Prospective research:

- Informational support of geographical research;
- Organize the processes of obtaining, storing and transmitting data to MSD centers (unification of formats and transmission protocols of data, organization of quality control of scientific data and information; creation of processing services) on the basis of modern information technology;
- Provide convenient access to data for users (creation and support of thematic web-portals, etc.);
- Organize integrated information space for the Regional MSD center and connect the partners of World Data Systems in the field of geographic science.

Scientific and educational contacts and communications

Between the Institute of Geography in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), the institutes of geography in the Far East and Siberian branches of the RAS; the Southern Center of Science of the RAS, the Institute of Water and Environmental Problems of the Siberian branch of the RAS (Barnaul); the Institute of ethnology and anthropology of N.N.Mikluho-Maklaj, Stavropol, Kuban, Pushchinsky and Rostov universities, Smolensk Humanitarian University, etc.

International contacts: between the International Organization on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), the International Society for Digital Earth – ISDE, the International Cartographical Association, the International Geographical Union in the field of complex thematic mapping and geographic information systems, in connection with UNEP in the sphere of ecological mapping. Work in editorial boards of the international geographical magazines.
Since 1994, InterCarto/InterGIS-Sustainable Territory Development: geoinformation provision and practical experience-has conducted an annual international conference.


Major published works

The New Russian Encyclopedia, Vol. II, Publishing house “Encyclopedia”, 2015.

The Geography of Russia. Nature and Humans. Population and Economics. 8-9th grade atlas, Roskartographiya, Omsk cartographical factory, 2014.

Map "The population of the Russian Federation", scale 1:7 500 000, Russian Geographical Society, Faculty of Geography Moscow State University, OOO "FOC", 2014.

Socio-economic World Geography. Natural Resources, Population, Economics. 10th grade atlas, Roskartographiya, Omsk cartographical factory, 2013.

Atlas "Russian Arctic in the XXI century: nature conditions and risks in the development", Moscow, “Feoria”, 2013.

Geoinformatics. In two textbooks for high schools. Edited under V.S.Tikunov. 3rd edition, revised and supplemented. Moscow, Publishing house “Academiya”, 2010.

Rylsky I.A. The influence of geographic environmental factors on the automated tracing of pipelines, Moscow, publishing house “MAX-PRESS”, 2009.

Atlas of the Socio-economic Development of Russia. Moscow, Mapping production association "Kartografija", 2009.

The National Atlas of Russia. Vol. 3. “Population, Economics”. Moscow, 2008.

Socio-economic World Geography. Natural Resources, Population, Economics. 10th grade atlas, Roskartographiya, Omsk cartographical factory, 2008.

The “Monde diplomatique” Atlas. Moscow, 2007.

The Geography of Russia. Nature and Humans. Population and Economics. 8-9th grade atlas, Roskartographiya, Omsk cartographical factory, 2007.

Atlas of Khanty-Mansiysk autonomous district — Yugra, Vol. 1. History. Population. Economics., Khanty-Mansiysk – Moscow, 2007.

Atlas of Siberia, “Top kniga” Moscow-Novosibirsk, 2007.

The National Atlas of Russia. Vol. 2 “Nature and Ecology”. Moscow, 2006.

The New Russian Encyclopedia, Vol. II, Publishing house “Encyclopedia”, 2005.

The New Russian Encyclopedia, Vol. I, Russia, Publishing house “Encyclopedia”, 2003.

The Ecological Atlas of Russia, Joint-Stock Company “Karta”, 2002.

Geoinformatics. In two textbooks for high schools. Edited under V.S.Tikunov. 3rd edition, revised and supplemented. Moscow, Publishing house “Academiya”, 2010.

Materials of international conferences include "GIS for Sustainable Territory Development". Moscow, 1994; Irkutsk, 1996; Novosibirsk, 1997; Barnaul, 1998; Yakutsk, 1999; Apatite, 2000; Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, 2001; St.-Petersburg, Helsinki, 2002; Novorossiysk, Sevastopol, 2003; Vladivostok, Changchun, 2004; Stavropol, Budapest, 2005; Kaliningrad, Berlin, 2006; Khanty-Mansiysk, Yellowknife, 2007; Saratov, Urumchi, 2008; Perm, Gent, 2009; Rostov-on-Don, Salzburg, 2010.

Tikunov A.V. Integrated indicators of spatial models for the development of the countries of the world, Moscow, Book house LIBROKOM, 2009

Materials of international conferences include "GIS for Sustainable Territory Development". Moscow, 1994; Irkutsk, 1996; Novosibirsk, 1997; Barnaul, 1998; Yakutsk, 1999; Apatite, 2000; Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, 2001; St.-Petersburg, Helsinki, 2002; Novorossiysk, Sevastopol, 2003; Vladivostok, Changchun, 2004; Stavropol, Budapest, 2005; Kaliningrad, Berlin, 2006; Khanty-Mansiysk, Yellowknife, 2007; Saratov, Urumchi, 2008; Perm, Gent, 2009; Rostov-on-Don, Salzburg, 2010; Belokuriha, Denpasar, 2011; Smolensk, St. Die des Vosges, 2012; Kursk, ╩ˇ­˝ŕ, Bogota, 2013; Belgorod, Kharkov, Kigali, Nairobi, 2014.

Rylsky I.A. The influence of geographic environmental factors on the automated tracing of pipelines, Moscow, publishing house “MAX-PRESS”, 2009.
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