Australian Speleological Federation KID: ASF Field Definitions

Region or Area Definitions for ASF KID

This document was created from the ASF KID on Sat Jan 19, 2019

This is the current list of the Region or Area data fields in the ASF's KID. They are identical with the draft data fields of the Informatics Commission (UISIC) of the International Union of Speleology. The definitions below are arranged in UISIC Field ID (FID) order. The FID and field name are shown first, followed by the other details. If the field has coded values a link to the available codes for that field will be provided.

The full list of all definitions is here: Field Definitions.    The full list of all field value codes is here: Field Value Codes.
Also see the Notes at the end for the meanings of the various abbreviations used here.

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Total number of Region or Area FIDs: 10


80 : Area name
Entity: RE
Data type: Alphanumeric Max length: 50 Coding: U Single/Multi-valued: S

Definition: The agreed name of a karst area or region.


81 : Area code
Entity: RE
Data type: Alphanumeric Max length: 3 Coding: L Single/Multi-valued: S

Definition: An alphabetic code of up to 3 letters to designate a karst area or region. Normally issued by State Speleo organisation. Comment: This is where the code is defined rather than used.


223 : Area designation
Entity: RE
Data type: Alphanumeric Max length: 50 Coding: ? Single/Multi-valued: S

Definition: The combination of country, state, and area codes which uniquely identifies an area. Generally used as a single-value-lookup for an area, e.g. AU3B for Buchan (B) area in Victoria (3) in Australia (AU). Comment: It is not generally feasible to use a lookup on area alone, because the one area code may be repeated in different States.


224 : Area country
Entity: RE
Data type: Max length: 0 Coding: ? Single/Multi-valued: S

Definition: The country in which a defined cave or karst area is located.


225 : Area state
Entity: RE
Data type: Alphanumeric Max length: 2 Coding: U Single/Multi-valued: S

Definition: The State in which a defined cave or karst area is located.


226 : Area ID
Entity: RE
Data type: Alphanumeric Max length: 9 Coding: ? Single/Multi-valued: S

Definition: The unique database key for a defined Cave or Karst Area record. Same principles as Cave ID.


618 : Area 250K map sheet name
Entity: RE
Data type: Alphanumeric Max length: 30 Coding: U Single/Multi-valued: S

Definition: The official map sheet name of the 1:250000 scale map sheet which covers the centroid of this cave/karst area.


621 : Area comment
Entity: RE
Data type: Alphanumeric Max length: 255 Coding: U Single/Multi-valued: S

Definition: A brief comment about this cave/karst area.


10019 : Lat & Long
Entity: RE
Data type: Alphanumeric Max length: 35 Coding: ? Single/Multi-valued: S

Definition:


10021 : Coord Club
Entity: RE
Data type: Alphanumeric Max length: 25 Coding: ? Single/Multi-valued: S

Definition:


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Notes

Entities:
   AR = Article in a publication
   AT = Field or attribute
   AV = Field value
   CA = Cave or karst feature
   EN = Entity
   JN = Journal
   OR = Organisation
   PA = Land parcel
   PE = Person
   PH = Photograph
   PL = Plan or map
   PM = Marker (Permanent mark)
   PS = Map series
   RE = Region or area
   RP = Report
   SM = Specimen
   SP = Species
   ST = Site
   SU = Subject
   SV = Survey
   SY = System field
   XK = A key-in batch
   XL = An upload batch
   XU = An update batch

Data type:

   A = Alphanumeric
   N = Numeric; A "real" number allowing decimal places and many significant digits, typically around 15.
   D = Date
   L = Logical; True or False.
   I = Integer (short); A whole number in the range -32,767 to +32,768.
   M = Memo; A variable-length free-text field.
   B = BLOB; A Binary Large Object, e.g. a photo image.
Maximum length:
When a Numeric data type is expressed as text characters, its maximum length must allow for the maximum value and the finest precision, and if necessary, a leading sign. This maximum must also be considered on an international basis. For example, a field value which has maximum text characters of "-9999.999" consists of sign(1) + whole number digits(4) + decimal separator(1) + decimal digits(3), giving a total text length of 9, with a "scale" of 3. This would be expressed as a "Max. length" of 9.3

Codes for field coding:

   I = International coding   U = Uncoded   L = Locally coded
Codes for single or multi-valued:
   S = Single-valued   M = Multi-valued



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