Shapefile dBase Data (what is this stuff?)

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    rutski89
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    I’m researching using natural earth for a software project, so I pulled down a sample data file and had a peek into its dBase file, namely ne_50m_admin_0_countries.dbf

    Here is a sample row from said file:

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    ScaleRank = 1

    LabelRank = 1

    FeatureCla = Admin-0 countries

    SOVEREIGNT = South Africa

    SOV_A3 = ZAF

    ADM0_DIF = 0.00

    LEVEL = 2.00

    TYPE = Sovereign country

    ADMIN = South Africa

    ADM0_A3 = ZAF

    GEOU_DIF = 0.00

    GEOUNIT = South Africa

    GU_A3 = ZAF

    SU_DIF = 0.00

    SUBUNIT = South Africa

    SU_A3 = ZAF

    NAME = South Africa

    ABBREV = S.Af.

    POSTAL = ZA

    NAME_FORMA = Republic of South Africa

    TERR_ =

    NAME_SORT = South Africa

    MAP_COLOR = 2.00

    POP_EST = 49052489.00

    GDP_MD_EST = 491000.00

    FIPS_10_ = 0.00

    ISO_A2 = ZA

    ISO_A3 = ZAF

    ISO_N3 = 710.00

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    Now, what the heck is all of this stuff? I can guess what fields like “SOVEREIGNT” and “NAME” are, but what the heck is “ISO_A3”, or “MAP_COLOR,” or “ScaleRank”?

    I tried to look for documentation in various places both on naturalearthdata.com and in other places, but I can’t seem to find any. How exactly am I supposed to go about making sense of all those fields?

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    Nathaniel
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    #4849

    JDTucker
    Participant

    @Nathaniel – This reply would have answered my question, had the link been operative.  As it is, I’m still looking.

    Is there a better place to look?

     

    JimT

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