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  • 50+ Downloads
    Updated September 20, 2018 | Dataset date: May 30, 2018
    This dataset updates: Every year
    Public domain, accurate international boundary lines matching those in LSIB9 (May 2018) for South Asia, but adds additional information in the attributes on sources, boundary features, and various claims and lines of control in the region. Office of the Geographer, US Dept. of State, May 2018.
  • 50+ Downloads
    Updated September 20, 2018 | Dataset date: May 30, 2018
    This dataset updates: Every year
    This is the detailed version of the detailed Large Scale International Boundaries (LSIB) dataset. The boundary lines reflect all current US government policies on boundaries, boundary disputes, and sovereignty. There are no restrictions on use of this public domain data. This dataset will be updated as needed and is current as of May 30, 2018.
  • 40+ Downloads
    Updated September 20, 2018 | Dataset date: May 30, 2018
    This dataset updates: Every year
    This is the detailed version of the detailed Large Scale International Boundaries (LSIB) dataset. The boundary lines reflect all current US government policies on boundaries, boundary disputes, and sovereignty. There are no restrictions on use of this public domain data. This dataset will be updated as needed and is current as of May 30, 2018.
  • 1100+ Downloads
    Updated August 9, 2018 | Dataset date: Mar 20, 2015
    This dataset updates: Every two weeks
    The "LSIB Geographic Thesaurus" enables integration of multiple datasets across different country codes, including the FIPS and ISO standard codes. This geographic thesaurus streamlines integration of datasets from multiple sources. This thesaurus includes the following codes: FIPS, ISO Alpha-2, ISO Alpha-3, ISO Numeric, NATO Stanag, and ccTLD. Although this thesaurus was compiled by the U.S. Department of State, Humanitarian Information Unit, the codes themselves are managed by their respective organizations. The data contained herein is entirely unclassified and is current as of 20 March 2015. The data is updated as needed.
  • 100+ Downloads
    Updated August 9, 2018 | Dataset date: Mar 8, 2013
    This dataset updates: Every two weeks
    Data as of March 8, 2013. These boundary lines were derived from the World Vector Shoreline dataset and match up with the 2013 detailed LSIB polygons. The 1:250,000 scale World Vector Shoreline (WVS) coastline data is generally shifted by several hundred meters to over a km. To simplify the polygons, the ArcGIS Simplify Polygon tool was used, using the Bend Simplify algorithm with a maximum allowable offset of 3 miles. Topology was then corrected for any errors produced by the simplification process. For convenience, the dataset is broken out into regions: (1) Africa, (2) Asia and Russia, (3) Europe and Southwest Asia, (4) North America, (5) Oceania, and (6) South America. In the zip file, there is also a global dataset (approximately 24 MBs) that includes all the data. There are no restrictions on use of this public domain data. This dataset will be updated as needed and is current as of March 08, 2013.
  • 200+ Downloads
    Updated January 31, 2018 | Dataset date: Dec 29, 2017
    This dataset updates: Every year
    The Office of the Geographer’s Global Large Scale International Boundary Detailed Polygons file combines two datasets, the Office of the Geographer’s Large Scale International Boundary Lines and NGA shoreline data. The LSIB is believed to be the most accurate worldwide (non- W. Europe) international boundary vector line file available. The lines reflect U.S. government (USG) policy and thus not necessarily de facto control. The 1:250,000 scale World Vector Shoreline (WVS) coastline data was used in places and is generally shifted by several hundred meters to over a km. There are no restrictions on use of this public domain data. The Tesla Government PiX team performed topology checks and other GIS processing while merging data sets, created more accurate island shoreline in numerous cases, and worked closely with the US Dept. of State Office of the Geographer on quality control checks. Methodology: Tesla Government’s Protected Internet Exchange (PiX) GIS team converted the LSIB linework and the island data provided by the State Department to polygons. The LSIB Admin 0 world polygons (Admin 0 polygons) were created by conflating the following datasets: Eurasia_Oceania_LSIB7a_gen_polygons, Africa_Americas_LSIB7a_gen_polygons, Africa_Americas_LSIB7a, Eurasia_LSIB7a, additional updates from LSIB8, WVS shoreline data, and other shoreline data from United States Government (USG) sources. The two simplified polygon shapefiles were merged, dissolved, and converted to lines to create a single global coastline dataset. The two detailed line shapefiles (Eurasia_LSIB7a and Africa_Americas_LSIB7a) were merged with each other and the coastlines to create an international boundary shapefile with coastlines. The dataset was reviewed for the following topological errors: must not self overlap, must not overlap, and must not have dangles. Once all topological errors were fixed, the lines were converted to polygons. Attribution was assigned by exploding the simplified polygons into multipart features, converting to centroids, and spatially joining with the newly created dataset. The polygons were then dissolved by country name. Another round of QC was performed on the dataset through the data reviewer tool to ensure that the conversion worked correctly. Additional errors identified during this process consisted of islands shifted from their true locations and not representing their true shape; these were adjusted using high resolution imagery whereupon a second round of QC was applied with SRTM digital elevation model data downloaded from USGS. The same procedure was performed for every individual island contained in the islands from other USG sources. After the island dataset went through another round of QC, it was then merged with the Admin 0 polygon shapefile to form a comprehensive world dataset. The entire dataset was then evaluated, including for proper attribution for all of the islands, by the Office of the Geographer.
  • 100+ Downloads
    Updated April 19, 2017 | Dataset date: Mar 30, 2017
    This dataset updates: Every year
    This is a simplified (generalized or smoothed) version of the detailed Large Scale International Boundaries (LSIB) dataset. This dataset included simplified LSIB polygons for Africa & the Americas. Another dataset covers Eurasia & Oceania. This dataset also matches the simplified LSIB lines. The simplified boundary lines reflect all current US government policies on boundaries, boundary disputes, and sovereignty. This dataset excludes medium and smaller islands. These islands, plus two and three-digit ISO codes, can be found in the full resolution LSIB polygon dataset. These files utilize the World Vector Shoreline (WVS) coastline data from NGA. WVS is outdated and often shifted by several hundred meters to over a km. There are no restrictions on use of this public domain data. This dataset will be updated as needed and is current as of March 30, 2017.
  • 100+ Downloads
    Updated April 19, 2017 | Dataset date: Mar 30, 2017
    This dataset updates: Every year
    This is a simplified ( generalized or smoothed) version of the detailed Large Scale International Boundaries (LSIB) dataset. The included simplified boundary lines are rarely shifted by more than 100 meters from the detailed LSIB lines. The included lines match the simplified LSIB polygons: (1) Africa & Americas and (2) Eurasia & Oceania. The simplified boundary lines reflect all current US government policies on boundaries, boundary disputes, and sovereignty. There are no restrictions on use of this public domain data. This dataset will be updated as needed and is current as of March 30, 2017.
  • 100+ Downloads
    Updated April 19, 2017 | Dataset date: Mar 30, 2017
    This dataset updates: Every year
    This is a simplified (generalized or smoothed) version of the detailed Large Scale International Boundaries (LSIB) dataset. This dataset included simplified LSIB polygons for Eurasia & Oceania. This dataset also matches the simplified LSIB lines. The simplified boundary lines reflect all current US government policies on boundaries, boundary disputes, and sovereignty. This dataset excludes medium and smaller islands. These islands, plus two and three-digit ISO codes, can be found in the full resolution LSIB polygon dataset. These files utilize the World Vector Shoreline (WVS) coastline data from NGA. WVS is outdated and often shifted by several hundred meters to over a km. There are no restrictions on use of this public domain data. This dataset will be updated as needed and is current as of March 30, 2017.