Large Scale International Boundaries (LSIB)

Metadata Updated: July 23, 2020

Large Scale International Boundaries Version 10, Release Date: March 10, 2020.

The Office of the Geographer and Global Issues at the U.S. Department of State produces the Large Scale International Boundaries (LSIB) dataset. These lines and those generalized from this dataset are the only international boundary lines approved for use on U.S. Government maps, databases, and other geographic products such as annotated imagery. They reflect U.S. Government policy, and not necessarily de facto control. The lines are believed to be accurate to within 100 meters. Sources for these lines include treaties, relevant maps, and data from boundary commissions as well as national mapping agencies. The research and recovery of the lines involves analysis of satellite imagery and elevation data. Where available, the dataset incorporates information from courts, tribunals, and international arbitrations.

Attributes The dataset uses the following attributes: Attribute Name Explanation Country Code Country-level codes are from the Geopolitical Entities, Names, and Codes Standard (GENC). The UU code denotes a line representing the boundary of an area of unusual sovereignty. Country Names Names approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names Label Text label required for the line segment where scale permits Rank/Status Rank 1: International Boundary Rank 2: Other Line of International Separation Rank 3: Special Line Rank 4: Special, scale dependent line Usage: Ranks 2 and 3 must be shown in a manner visually subordinate to Rank 1 lines. Rank 4 replaces Rank 1 lines at scales indicated in the Notes field. When replaced, show Rank 4 in the same manner as the corresponding Rank 1. Notes Explanation of any special circumstances

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Credits See the Description and Credits fields in the metadata for information as to sources. The lines in this LSIB dataset are the product of decades of collaboration between geographers at the Department of State and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency with contributions from the Central Intelligence Agency and the UK Defence Geographic Centre. Attribution is welcome: U.S. Dept. of State, Office of the Geographer.

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License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Date 2020-07-14T17:45:51Z
Metadata Created Date June 25, 2020
Metadata Updated Date July 23, 2020
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Metadata Updated Date July 23, 2020
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