Frequently-asked questions:

What does this data set describe?


Point layer (Settlemets) 1:1000000 scale. created from data VMap0
 all_setl. Settlements in Amur-Heilong River Basin.
Source layer was updated:
Names of larger settlements in China were corrected using Pingyin phonetic transliteration. Border crossings were marked in special attribute field.
Некоторые населеные пункты имеют информацию о пограничных переходах.

  1. How should this data set be cited?

    NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency), VMap0, Eugene Simonov, Eugene Egidarev, 2000, all_setl:

    Online links:
  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    Bounding coordinates:
    West: 101.148247
    East: 143.682999
    North: 58.208694
    South: 38.926277

  3. What does it look like?

  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?

    Beginning date: 30.01.2000
    Beginning time: unknown
    Ending date: 01.04.2008
    Currentness reference:
    publication date

  5. What is the general form of this data set?

    Geospatial data presentation form: vector digital data

  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?

      This is a Vector data set. It contains the following vector data types (SDTS terminology):
      • Entity point (2525)

    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?

      Horizontal positions are specified in geographic coordinates, that is, latitude and longitude. Latitudes are given to the nearest 0.000000. Longitudes are given to the nearest 0.000000. Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal degrees.

      The horizontal datum used is D_WGS_1984.
      The ellipsoid used is WGS_1984.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.000000.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257224.

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?

    locations of settlement
    Data VMap0 and our correct

    Internal feature number.

    Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.

    Feature geometry.

    Coordinates defining the features.

    special field

    Special field

    Value Definition
    Special field

    Special field
    Field shows type of object

    Name of settlement
    old name

    Name of settlement
    names of settlements with status 1-2-3-4- were corrected by editors, other names remain in original spelling

    Value Definition
    1-4 (names corrected for 1-4)
    Name corrected

    current corrections

    Value Definition
    corrected in last round
    likely incorrect name, location, duplication etc
    Border crossing
    Place of border crossing

    Status of Settlement

    Value Definition
    Other settlements
    Province capitals
    Large cities and china prefectural seats
    District centers
    Important settlements

    Name in Russian

    Name in Mongolian

    Name in Chinese

    Location of settlements in provinces

    Location of settlements in relation to watershed

    Value Definition
    In basin
    Out of basin

    Name in Chinese

    Number of border crossing

    Value Definition
    Number of border crossing on map

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Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)

  2. Who also contributed to the data set?

  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?

    Eugene Egidarev, Eugene Simonov
    WWF , Amur Branch
    Russia Vladivostok
    18a, Verkhneportovaya St.
    Vladivostok, Primorskii krai 690003

    +7 9242311633 (voice)
    +7 4232 414863 (FAX)
    eugene simonov <>
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Why was the data set created?

To show settlements in Amur River basin with complete attributes.

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How was the data set created?

  1. Where did the data come from?

    (source 1 of 1)

    Online links:
    Type of source media: Downloaded DATA Vmap0
    Source scale denominator: 1:1000000
    Source contribution:
    Topomaps ONC (Operational Navigation Chart) масштаба 1:1000000

  2. What changes have been made?

    Date: 2006 (change 1 of 1)
    Current names (NAME_E) of larger settlements (Statuses 1 to 4) were corrected based on maps and atlases published in 2003-2006 in three countries. Corresponding geographic names were transliterated into English for Mongolia and Russia and pingyin phonetic transcription in case of China.

    Person responsible for change:
    Eugene Simonov

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How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?

  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?

    Горизонтальная (плановая) точность: 2040 м (доверительный интервал 90%)

  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?

    Вертикальная точность: 152.4 м (доверительный интервал 90%)

  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?

    Names of most minor settlements, which are not district centers or conservation sites have not been corrected. In China part such settlement names are spelled according to transliteration other that Pingyin.
    Many settlements have several common names and only one was listed.

  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?

    datasources used to update dataset produced in 2000-2005

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How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?

Access constraints: Data VMap0 free, layer updated- permission WWF Amur Branch
Use constraints:
Free, when using reference to authors required.

Distributor 1 of 1

  1. Who distributes the data set?

    WWF Amur Branch
    18a, Verkhneportovaya St.
    Vladivostok, Primorskii krai 690003

  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?

    Downloadable Data is free

  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    Data VMap0 free, layer updated- permission WWF Russia, Amur Branch

  4. How can I download or order the data?

    • Availability in digital form:

    • Data format:
      Size: 0.068

  5. Is there some other way to get the data?

  6. What hardware or software do I need in order to use the data set?

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Who wrote the metadata?

Last modified: 20080312

Metadata author:
Egidarev Eugene
WWF Russia, Amur Branch
Russia, Vladivostok
18a Verkhneportovaya str
Vladivostok, Primorskii krai 690003

+79242311633 (voice)

Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)

Metadata extensions used:

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