The TM_WORLD_BORDERS_SIMPL-0.3 world map.

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Description

The simplified version of the world map provided by Bjorn Sandvik, thematicmapping.org.

Format

A SpatialPolygonsDataFrame.

Details

The map was imported in R as follows:

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  require(maptools)
  world.map.simplified <- readShapeSpatial("~/TM_WORLD_BORDERS_SIMPL-0.3/TM_WORLD_BORDERS_SIMPL-0.3.shp")
  slot(world.map.simplified, 'data')[,'NAME'] <- iconv(slot(world.map.simplified, 'data')[,'NAME'], "latin1", "UTF-8")
  save(world.map.simplified, file="data/world.map.simplified.rda")

The result is a SpatialPolygonsDataFrame object. Its data slot contains a data frame with 246 observations and 11 variable:

  • FIPS. FIPS 10-4 Country Code

  • ISO2. ISO 3166-1 Alpha-2 Country Code

  • ISO3. ISO 3166-1 Alpha-3 Country Code

  • UN. ISO 3166-1 Numeric-3 Country Code

  • NAME. Name of country/area

  • AREA. Land area, FAO Statistics (2002)

  • POP2005. Population, World Polulation Prospects (2005)

  • REGION. Macro geographical (continental region), UN Statistics

  • SUBREGION. Geographical sub-region, UN Statistics

  • LON. Longitude

  • LAT. Latitude

Note

Note from the TM_WORLD_BORDERS_SIMPL-0.3's README file:

  • Use this dataset with care, as several of the borders are disputed.

  • The original shapefile (world_borders.zip, 3.2 MB) was downloaded from the Mapping Hacks website: http://www.mappinghacks.com/data/. The dataset was derived by Schuyler Erle from public domain sources. Sean Gilles did some clean up and made some enhancements.

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