Glassell Map Project

The Baker Institute’s Glassell Map Project features rotating collections of digital maps that display geographical information and explore the spatial context, impact and art of public policy through data visualization, highlighting current issues being addressed by the Baker Institute’s experts in their events and research. The project is generously supported by Mrs. Clare A. Glassell.



Click on a country to see basic information or zoom in to view cities, roads and waterways.


NASA scientists have released new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest-yet views of the patterns of human settlements across our planet. Satellite images of Earth at night—often referred to as “night lights”—have been a curiosity for the public and a tool of fundamental research for at least 25 years. They provide a broad, beautiful picture, showing how humans have shaped the planet and lit up the darkness.

NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data from Miguel Román, NASA GSFC.


instituteRice is an online mapping platform that illustrates the evolution of the Rice University campus, as it existed as well as it has often been imagined. Primary sources from the Woodson Research Center (e.g., photographs, historical maps, campus plans) are located temporally and spatially while their associated visual and geographic data is integrated across a an open-access digital library of images, a geographic information system, an open source relational database, and a content delivery web service.


Visit to see the latest research from the Baker Institute's Center for the Middle East.


The Geography of Jobs map is a dynamic visualization of job gains and losses over the last 15+ years for every metro area in the U.S. The red and blue bubbles represent a rolling 12-month net change in total employment for each metro area. Simply press Play and watch the animation unfold.


Eshhad is the Arabic imperative for "witness" or "testify," which lies at the core of what we do. We document sectarianism against religious, cultural, and ethnic minorities in the Middle East.


diverseLevant is an online mapping platform that illustrates the urban evolution of Beirut, over its entire history as well as across its social, cultural, and religious diversity.