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Glossary of Terms

API

Application Programming Interface is a method that allows programmers to access data over the network.  The Region of Peel does not provide an API to its data library.

CSV
Comma-Separated Values is a text format that can be used by Microsoft Excel, LibreOffice Calc, and other spreadsheet applications.

XLS
Spreadsheet format which can be opened by Microsoft Excel, LibreOffice Calc, and other spreadsheet applications.

KML/KMZ
Keyhole Markup Language was developed by Keyhole Inc. which was later acquired by Google. Applications that can use KML to display data are Google Earth, Google Maps, ESRI ArcGIS Explorer, Adobe PhotoShop, AutoCAD, etc. KML is an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Standard.

SHP
Shapefile (SHP) is a popular geospatial vector data format for geographic information systems software. Free applications that can display SHP data are QGIS (display and edit), ESRI ArcGIS Explorer, Geomatica FreeView, and others.

XML
eXtensible Markup Language (XML) is a file format that provides data in a text format that machines can easily read.  XML is a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) specification.

For other specialized terms, acronyms, names and expressions that are used in our data sets please click here.


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