What is Attribute data in GIS?

It refers to data set information describing geographical characteristics of features or information that can be linked to spatial data.

Two of the ways in which you can use attribute data in GIS include:

  • using variables from the attribute data as themes for layers. For example, an attribute data set containing population data could provide a theme for a map of census tracts.
  • creating actions that display or manipulate the attribute data when features are selected in the map.
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