Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Bill Cabage (cabagewh@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


ORNL's LandScan population dataset licensed to East View Cartographic

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 28, 2011 — UT-Battelle has entered into an exclusive distributorship license with East View Cartographic (EVC) for an award winning population distribution database. The LandScan High Resolution Global Population DataSet, developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has already seen success in a number of research, educational, humanitarian and corporate applications.

LandScan, which refines the best available census data using geographic information system and remote sensing technologies, has emerged as an international community standard for sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster response and humanitarian relief.

Research using LandScan has resulted in publications on subjects of interest to policy decision makers such as predicted effects of global climate change. For instance, after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of late 2004, LandScan was used to estimate the number of people affected and where to send emergency supplies.

"We have seen LandScan become one of ORNL's most successfully licensed products. This agreement with East View Cartographic will help put this valuable population dataset into the hands of more users," said ORNL Director Thom Mason.

East View Cartographic, based in Minneapolis, Minn., is a leading provider of authoritative worldwide maps, geospatial data and GIS production services.

"In addition to being a powerful database for environmental and humanitarian applications, we have seen strong demand from telecom, insurance and avionics customers from around the world," said EVC founder and CEO Kent D. Lee.

"EVC has already split the LandScan data into regional and country-specific packages and now as the exclusive distributor, we intend to load the content and offer affordable annual subscriptions to the soon-to-be-released 2010 LandScan dataset," Lee said.

LandScan was developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory with funding from the Department of Defense.

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy's Office of Science.