2.2.1. Vector data structure

Vector layers represent discrete features in space in the forms of points, lines, and polygons. They represent unchanging static entities and do not contain spatial or temporal information (Burrough and McDonnell, 1998). For example, a polygon layer could represent the extent of an apiary, and a point layer could represent a honey bee colony on a map. Line layers can represent rivers, roads, tracks, and any other linear features. In Fig. 2 a polygon, point, and line layer are shown as examples.

Fig. 2. A map displaying  a point, lines, and polygons. Reproduced with permission of Swisstopo (BA13016).