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World Data Bank II: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia (ICPSR 8376) RSS

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The boundaries of five different geographic areas -- North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia -- are digitally represented in this collection of data files that can be used in the production of computer maps. Each of the five areas is encoded in three distinct files: (1) coastline, islands, and lakes, (2) rivers, and (3) international boundaries. There is an additional file for North America (Part 4: North America: Internal Boundaries) delineating state lines in the United States and provincial boundaries in Canada. The data in each of the files is hierarchically structured into subordinate geographic features and ranks, which may be used for output plotting symbol definition. The mapping scale used to encode the data ranged from 1:1 million to 1:4 million.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  North America: Coastline, Islands and Lakes - Download All Files (17.6 MB)
DS2:  North America: Rivers - Download All Files (7.5 MB)
DS3:  North America: International Boundaries - Download All Files (0.8 MB)
DS4:  North America: Internal Boundaries - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS5:  South America: Coastline, Islands and Lakes - Download All Files (8.7 MB)
DS6:  South America: Rivers - Download All Files (10.1 MB)
DS7:  South America: International Boundaries - Download All Files (1.9 MB)
DS8:  Europe: Coastline, Islands and Lakes - Download All Files (7.6 MB)
DS9:  Europe: Rivers - Download All Files (4.7 MB)
DS10:  Europe: International Boundaries - Download All Files (1.6 MB)
DS11:  Africa: Coastline, Islands and Lakes - Download All Files (7.1 MB)
DS12:  Africa: Rivers - Download All Files (13 MB)
DS13:  Africa: International Boundaries - Download All Files (3 MB)
DS14:  Asia: Coastline, Islands and Lakes - Download All Files (19.8 MB)
DS15:  Asia: Rivers - Download All Files (19.4 MB)
DS16:  Asia: International Boundaries - Download All Files (2.8 MB)

Study Description


Central Intelligence Agency. WORLD DATA BANK II: NORTH AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, EUROPE, AFRICA, ASIA. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, Office of Geographic and Cartographic Research [producer], 1977. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08376.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   computer aided mapping, databases, geographic information systems, geography, mapping

Geographic Coverage:   Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, North America, South America, United States, Global

Data Types:   mapping data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) There are seven variables and an unknown number of cases for each file. The number of records per case varies according to the number of latitude and longitude coordinates needed to display the particular geographic feature. (2) The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.



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Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB8376.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.


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