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This page is dedicated to discussion about changes in terminology for GRASS 7.
 
This page is dedicated to discussion about changes in terminology for GRASS 7.
  
== Layer contra Map ==
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== Map ==
  
'''Background''':
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Currently data entities like rasters or vectors are called in GRASS "maps", i.e. "raster map" or "vector map".
Currently data entities like raster or vector are called in GRASS "maps", i.e. "raster map" or "vector map".
 
  
* [[User:Landa|ML]]: GRASS is basically '''"layer-based"''' GIS, calling single raster or vector entities as "maps" is quite confusing. Better would be to use term "layer" for this purpose. "Map" can be used for layer composition, e.g. for cartography outputs.
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* [[User:Landa|ML]]: GRASS is basically '''"layer-based"''' GIS, calling single raster or vector entities as "maps" is quite confusing. Better would be to use term "layer" or "map layer" for this purpose. "Map" can be used for layer composition, e.g. for cartography outputs.
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== Vector layer ==
  
'''Background''':
 
 
The term "vector layer" is currently used even in more confusing sense, to mark subgroup of vector objects in vector entity. Originally called as "field".
 
The term "vector layer" is currently used even in more confusing sense, to mark subgroup of vector objects in vector entity. Originally called as "field".
  
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== See also ==
 
== See also ==
  
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* http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/grass-dev/2008-August/039277.html
 
* [http://grass.osgeo.org/gdp/html_grass5/terminology.html GRASS 5 terminology]
 
* [http://grass.osgeo.org/gdp/html_grass5/terminology.html GRASS 5 terminology]
 
* [http://www.nabble.com/terminology-fixes-in-GRASS-td7856076.html#a7856076 GRASS 6 terminology fixes]
 
* [http://www.nabble.com/terminology-fixes-in-GRASS-td7856076.html#a7856076 GRASS 6 terminology fixes]

Revision as of 06:09, 30 September 2008

This page is dedicated to discussion about changes in terminology for GRASS 7.

Map

Currently data entities like rasters or vectors are called in GRASS "maps", i.e. "raster map" or "vector map".

  • ML: GRASS is basically "layer-based" GIS, calling single raster or vector entities as "maps" is quite confusing. Better would be to use term "layer" or "map layer" for this purpose. "Map" can be used for layer composition, e.g. for cartography outputs.

Vector layer

The term "vector layer" is currently used even in more confusing sense, to mark subgroup of vector objects in vector entity. Originally called as "field".

  • ML: Not sure if to go back to the original term "field" (DB-based) or use something like "sub-layer".
  • WB: How about calling it "attribute-layer" which connects to an "attribute-table" (DB table)?

See also