Code/Abbrevation

Definitions

[CLTH] CulturalHeritage

Information about the monuments, sacred spaces, architecture, ruins, historical and archaeological remains (including affiliations to past and present human populations, as well as the significance of these to such populations) in a given area. Includes, for example, information about: historical monuments, museums, places of traditional significance, important works of art and architecture, as well as sites and ruins associated with the archaeological record of a given geographic area.

[COAM] CommunicationsMedia

Information about the content and means of information dissemination (for example: broadcast media, print media, and internet access), the control of its content and distribution, the types of access allowed to different social groups and geographic regions, and its area(s) of influence. Includes, for example, information about the location and characteristics (for example: ownership, editorial control, bias, content, target audience and distribution reach) of media outlets. Area of influence could include the range and broadcast pattern of a radio station, and the affiliations of the media’s ownership, reflecting bias and possible political agendas. The coverage area is geospatial, and dependent on multiple factors.

[DHPM] DemographicHumanPopMeasures

Information about the measurable characteristics of a human population, including geographic and temporal variation and change trends. Includes, for example, information about: human population size, composition (for example: age, sex, gender), distribution, mobility, educational attainment, employment status, income, and morbidity. Demographic trends describe population changes over time (for example: growth through migration and births, loss through mortality and emigration).

[ECON] Economy

Information about the economic factors that determine how the members of a population support themselves and their resulting standard of living. Includes, for example, information about: how geographic regions and social groups differ in economic factors or livelihoods; what social groups control or influence economic standards; and the major industries, key facilities, economic markets and their associated supply chains.

[EDUC] Education

Information about the educational and literacy characteristics of a population. Includes, for example, information about: educational standards and proficiencies with their variation across gender, race, religion, age, and ethnicity; access individuals and social groups have to education facilities and services; and the association of educational establishments with civil, political, ideological, religious, and ethnic groups.

[ETHN] Ethnicity

Information about the ethnic affiliation(s) and characteristics of a human population. Includes, for example, information about: the ethnic groups located within a geographic region, their community social structures, their mutual associations and conflicts with other groups, their historic roles and influence, and the physical distribution of their members. Ethnic groups are human populations whose members identify with each other, usually on the basis of having a common cultural traditions and heritage (for example: as distinguished by customs, language, religious practices, or common history) or a presumed common genealogy or ancestry.

[GRPO] GroupsOrganizations

Information about formal and informal groups of humans (for example: civil, political, criminal, and ideological) of a population, including their leadership, internal structure, policy objectives and external relationships (for example: allegiances, assets, and products). Includes, for example, information about: formally or informally organized groups of humans other than groups based primarily on shared language, ethnic and/or religious affiliation. Members of groups and organizations typically share common interests, values, goals and/or beliefs. Includes political entities, unions, guilds, clubs, community associations, criminal organizations, and other groups that advocate for selective policies or goals.

[HAMD] HealthMedical

Information about the mental and physical condition of a population and the availability of treatment for illness and injuries. Includes, for example, information about: factors influencing, improving, or diminishing health; prevalence of specific diseases, how they are spread, and populations and/or geographic regions that are most affected; medical resources present (for example: clinics, hospitals, bed counts, medical staff availability and their skills) and how medical resources are physically distributed; and means for access to medical services by the population (for example: their affordability, distance/effort required to access services).

[LANG] Language

Information about the language(s) of a population and language use in different settings (for example: locations, economic activities, social activities). Includes, for example, information about: communication mode, writing system, unique features, and relationship to other languages; uses by a population; and use within geographic regions and/or in specific settings. Language is a system of sounds, characters, symbols or signs that is, or may, be used to express or communicate meaning or a message between humans.

[LOWN] LandOwnership

Information about the ownership and control of land parcels of a given area including the cadastral system and patterns of land ownership and inheritance and tenure. Includes, for example, information about: the system by which land (as a commodity) is bounded, purchased, and sold. Patterns of ownership and control (for example: owner-occupied, absentee landlord, common property).

[RELG] Religion

Information about the religious affiliation(s) and characteristics of a human population. Includes, for example, information about: religious affiliations of populations, including sects and subgroups; formal and informal leadership structures; where and how religious leaders are trained and influenced; how and where religious groups communicate with and influence their members; how religious groups interrelate with each other; and the location and types of places of worship and group-associated activities.

[SEGV] SignificantEvents

Information about events (for example: war, famine, mass migration) that have shaped a population, and the recognition of event significance within and beyond that population. Includes, for example, information about: historical events of influence (for example: those which have resulted in significant shifts in population characteristics, or which endure in traditions and ceremonies); and recent events that are ‘newsworthy’ and influence population attitudes and the policies of social groups. Natural disasters, such as tsunamis, earthquakes, and hurricanes/cyclones can be included.

[TRNU] TransportationUse

Information about transportation routes and the means by which people and goods circulate within a geographic region. Includes, for example, information about: transport modes (for example: air, rail, road, pedestrian, water, pipeline, and cable); transport infrastructure, vehicles, and operations (including the people involved in construction and maintenance); and transport availability, cost, schedule, and access. The availability of transport affects where people live and work, the connections between economic areas, and the diffusion of ideas across populations.

[LUAC] LandUse&Cover

Information about the dominant land cover category and/or human activity (for example: exploitation for agricultural, industrial, commercial or residential purposes) taking place on an area of land. Includes, for example, information about: urban/rural areas, agricultural, forestry, pastoral and other general categories of human use of the land, along with information regarding natural resources. Excepted is information specific to ‘Economy’. Land use is the human modification of the natural environment (‘wilderness’) into the built environment (for example: fields, pastures, and settlements).

[WASC] WaterSupply&Control

Information about the supply of groundwater and surface water in a given land area, including its ownership, control and access. Includes, for example, information about: individual water sources, capacity, quality, and seasonality; means of physical control, diversion, and distribution; and ownership, legal control and access rights. Uses of water include agricultural, industrial, household, recreational and environmental activities.

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Updated on July 30, 2018
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