BIG Database Codebook
Borders in Globalization | January 2022
BiG Dyads is a relational database (RDB). In simple terms, an RDB organises a number of datasets in relation to one another and allows for easy and fast accessing, querying, and updating of data stored. More specifically, not only are records (rows) in a database crossed by attributes (columns), but also can multiple tables be related to one another.
The BiG Dyads is an RDB that takes the ‘dyad’—the boundary-line between two current nation-states—as its main building block, each dyad forming a unique record that is crossed by indicators drawn from the six BiG themes: (1) border culture, (2) sustainability across borderlands, (3) border security, (4) border history, (5) governance of borders, and (6) border flows/mobility.
In addition to the background information required to understand our database, this edition of the codebook includes information on seven datasets: foundations, dates, conflicts, economic inequality, transboundary watersheds, peace parks, and mountains.