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).